Coutinho officially asks to leave Liverpool

Rivaldo believes Coutinho, 25, would be a good addition and also feels some of the cash should be used on another Brazilian target of Barcelona, Guanghzou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho. The request was immediately turned down.

Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the wake of Neymar's world-record £198m departure to Paris St-Germain. Renowned journalist Guillem Balague reckons that Coutinho's transfer request has still not reached the Liverpool press office.

Earlier today, Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) issued an official statement stating that Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any cost.

"I've said it already a few times, but maybe it's not been 100% clear, but now you can read it - maybe that's the difference! And that is the way it will go".

Scotland worldwide Andy Robertson, acquired from Hull for £8 million, may be the answer to Liverpool's problems at left-back, while young striker Dominic Solanke arrives from Chelsea with glowing reports of his potential. Liverpool initially insisted that was not the case, but it is understood the player did send an email.


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

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.

"The reasons why the players are not available, I can not have an influence on it". That's how life is. "All the rest is just between me and all the boys, not just Phil".

Klopp said he was also a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League play-off first leg at Hoffenheim as he had "not been in training since last Friday".

However, they have to go through Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who is likely to prove even more hard to negotiate with than Liverpool, especially given the fact that the Danish global signed a new four-year contract extension in September last year.

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