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Liverpool adamant Philippe Coutinho has NOT handed in transfer request

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 6 days ago James Pearce
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Liverpool insist they have not received a transfer request from Philippe Coutinho. 

Reports suggested that the Brazil international had taken steps to try to force a move to Barcelona after owners Fenway Sports Group declared he would be staying put during the current window.

Klopp backs FSG Coutinho stance (Sky Sports)

However, the Reds are adamant that as it stands no transfer request has been submitted.

Liverpool rejected an improved offer of £90million from Barcelona for Coutinho this week and earlier today FSG released a statement ruling out any prospect of doing a deal with the Catalan giants.

It read: “We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

"The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes."

Speaking at his Melwood press conference today, boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that Coutinho will miss Saturday's trip to Watford with a back injury and is a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Hoffenheim.

Of the club statement on Coutinho's future, Klopp added: "If FSG have said something like this, then that's the statement. I've said about it a few times, but maybe it's not been 100% clear. Now you can read it.

“That's the way it will go, there's nothing else to say about it. The bigger issue is that he's not available to play.”

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