Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Coutinho "has lost the trust of Klopp" after submitting transfer request

Coutinho

While it's totally understandable why Liverpool aren't keen to let their man leave, preventing a messy battle between both parties is best bet.

Despite growing speculation following Brazil star Neymar's move away from the Nou Camp, Liverpool chose to reject the transfer request, insisting "no offers for Philippe will be considered" in an official statement.

On Wednesday 9th, the Reds rejected a 100 million euros bid (£90m) from Barcelona for the 25-year-old, who is out of Saturday's trip to Watford with injury.

First, a statement released on the Liverpool website, Fenway Sports Group proclaims: "We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho".

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

Manager Jurgen Klopp has strenuously denied any suggestions of an agreement between Liverpool and Barcelona throughout, but the statement by owners FSG is the strongest indication yet of how keen the club are to keep Coutinho.

"I don't think I ever told you anything about what I spoke to players (about)", he said.

According to a report from Don Balon, Spanish giants Barcelona are prepared to offer midfielder Ivan Rakitic as part of a deal for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

The comments come following Coutinho's move to secure a transfer to Barcelona. Of course a player of enormous 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.

Klopp is thrilled the Brazilian will remain at Anfield and the German insists he maintains a healthy relationship with the Liverpool hierarchy.

Coutinho had already been ruled out of Liverpool's opening Premier League match this weekend against Watford at Vicarage Road with a back injury.

"That's how life is", Klopp said at a news conference on Friday, a day before Liverpool begins the Premier League season with a game at Watford.

Lallana is missing extended time, but it gets more complicated when Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are also in doubt.

"I turned 50 in the summer, so maybe I forget things like this".

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