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Coutinho hands in transfer request - source

Coutinho hands in transfer request - source

That news emerged only hours after Liverpool's owners had issued a statement stressing their stance that the 25-year-old would not be sold during the current transfer window.

The Independent has been told Liverpool will still not budge on their position, and see the situation as similar to when Luis Suarez tried a number of tactics to force a move in 2013, but they still held firm and didn't sell then.

That broke the club record, though with the market having subsequently overheated, it now looks a snip for a player who can operate on either wing with pace, panache and a calm eye for goal.

Speaking at Melwood on the eve of Liverpool's trip to Vicarage Road, Klopp said on FSG's statement: "If FSG have said something like this, then that's the statement". Jordan Henderson picked up more bookings last season - eight to Can's six - but it's the German who usually ends up skating on the thinnest ice. And that is the way it will go'.

In recent years, the city of Liverpool has been overtaken in terms of success - particularity by both clubs in rival Manchester. Moreover, the likes of Clyne and Ings are expected to miss the game as well (PhysioRoom). "That's the focus. If it's a win it doesn't matter who it's against".

Jurgen Klopp has maintained his stand that Coutinho is not for sale, despite strong interest from Barcelona. I am already here to work with this squad and not just always thinking 'but if we don't get this or this.' Let's wait until August 31. 'That is set in stone.

Barcelona offered GBP72 million for the player in its first bid, which was rejected.

Everton, meanwhile, have been plunged into the modern era thanks to Farhad Moshiri's riches after he purchased a 49.9 percent stake in the club back in February 2016 and spent almost £100 million this summer.

For most supporters, the Spaniard would have been the first player shown the door at the end of last season.

Liverpool are reported to have recently turned down two bids for the midfielder.

"But the draw of Barcelona is a big one".

The signing of Keita and van Dijk could make Liverpool contenders for the title this season.