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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Hands in Transfer Request Amid Interest From Barcelona

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Hands in Transfer Request Amid Interest From Barcelona

That was followed by a strong statement from the club, and owners Fenway Sports Group, insisting that he will still be a Liverpool player come September.

For many on Merseyside, the scenario is eerily familiar, with Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling all leaving when the club hoped they would stay.

Last we heard, Liverpool had knocked back a frankly exorbitant €100million bid from Barcelona to take Philippe Coutinho off their hands.

Soon after the press conference, reports emerged that Coutinho had handed in a transfer request.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has repeatedly said the club will not be selling the 25-year-old Coutinho, who has become a key player for the Premier League team and Brazil in recent years.

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But even with Liverpool ownership saying that Coutinho will not be leaving, one has to wonder if that would change should Barcelona's offer reach a certain number.

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"We wish to offer clarity as regards to our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho", said FSG's statement on Friday. The Spanish club have plenty to spend after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222m. "I can not bring in a player just to buy a player".

"It is not for you, it's between me and all the boys, not just Philippe".

Asked if Coutinho would be involved on Saturday, Klopp said: "No, he has back problems".

The Brazilian winger was at his peak in the 2016-17 campaign, scoring 13 times and providing seven assists in 31 English Premier League appearances as Liverpool finished fourth and secured Champions League qualification.

The club then rewarded his efforts and Coutinho signed a new five-year deal in January.

The Brazil global is also a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier away to Hoffenheim.