Philippe Coutinho Issues Transfer Request After Liverpool Snub Barcelona Again


Yet with Liverpool steadfastly refusing to soften their position in the face of a third offer, Coutinho chose to attempt to take matters into his own hands.

Liverpool rebuffed a £72million bid from Barcelona for the Brazilian, with Kop boss Jurgen Klopp revealing he would sit down with his star player and underline his importance to the team.

In a statement yesterday, the club's owners said its "definitive stance" was that "no offers will be considered".

Speaking on the BBC's Football Focus, Dublin said: "I don't think he should be at the club, I don't think he should be allowed to play for Liverpool Football Club anymore".

"We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho", read the statement on Liverpool's website on Friday morning.

The Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, and club officials are seething over a move that has overshadowed the start of their season at Watford.

The family member added: "There are things that have happened, there is not the same bond".

Widespread reports on Friday that Coutinho had asked to leave prompted the club to release a fresh statement earlier in the day, claiming they wouldn't sell the player at any cost.

For Liverpool fans, it won't be the first time they have lost a big name player to Barca, with the Catalonians stealing both Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano in recent years.

There are problems at Liverpool, and they face Hoffenheim in the Champions League qualifiers on Tuesday. The Sky Sports report, which was originally refuted by multiple outlets, would eventually be confirmed with Coutinho being said to have made his request via email. Coutinho clearly wants out and is doing all he can to force a move but the fact is he's under a long contract with Liverpool.

Sportskeeda will keep you updated with what transpires so watch this space. Of course a player of vast talents was always going to attract the attention of Europe's very biggest clubs, but one thing was for sure - he wouldn't kick up a fuss.

"That's the way it will go, there's nothing else to say about it".