Liverpool title bid will suffer if Philippe Coutinho heads to Barcelona

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Coutinho, 25, has been the subject of two Barcelona bids so far this summer - both rejected by the club - and according to an ESPN FC source, the Brazil worldwide handed in a transfer request on Friday.

Barcelona tabled a £90million bid for Coutinho that was rejected earlier this week, as Liverpool attempt to fend off interest in their star playmaker.

Barcelona have also had a bid rejected for Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old forward Ousmane Dembele since they sold Brazil forward Neymar to Paris St-Germain for a world record £200m last week.

It all started out with the Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, posting a lengthy statement and stressing how their talisman is not for sale - the same stance they have maintained throughout the summer despite Barca's desperation to bring him to the Nou Camp.

The post Coutinho submits transfer request appeared first on Vanguard News. "He has tremendous love for the club and its fans but, like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms".

"Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players".

"We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho", it said. I think that is what Coutinho thought it was going to happen this summer.

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Barcelona want Coutinho to replace Neymar following his compatriot's 222 million-euro transfer to PSG last week. 'So no, he is not available and is also a doubt - if he is not available for Saturday - for Tuesday, unfortunately'.

Some would say they would have £100m or more to splash out on replacements, but the money has been there all summer for Klopp to spend.

Coutinho will be out of action this weekend when Liverpool begin their Premier League campaign against Watford due to a back injury.

In the press conference, Klopp was asked about trying to keep Coutinho happy.

"Most of the other clubs won't come to us and say 'by the way, we have a good player, do you want to buy him?'"

In recent weeks it was reported that Liverpool had turned down two offers for the Brazilian.

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