Philippe Coutinho Transfer Request Reports Denied by Liverpool

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Liverpool owners FSG had issued a statement on Friday, insisting there was no chance of Coutinho moving on this month.

Liverpool's season has begun in cavalcade: a 3-3 draw away to Watford which once again showed their frailties on set pieces and their generally hopeless defence: something Jamie Carragher took a scalpel to on Sky Sports at half time.

Also yesterday, Sky Sports News received a statement said to be from a member of Coutinho's family.

Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request, just hours after the club said that he will not be leaving the club this summer.

One of those names is that of Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, who has been ruled out of the team's Premier League opener at Watford due to a back injury.

And Barcelona's interest in getting Coutinho on-board has intensified following the departure of Neymar to Paris St-Germain.

LIVERPOOL will rebuff any bids for Philippe Coutinho in this transfer window, the club's American owners said on Friday, in the latest blow to Barcelona in its attempts to replace Neymar.

"Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail", the statement read.

Liverpool were in scintillating form last season till Christmas, but by the end of their campaign they just about managed to make it into the top four and qualify for Champions League. "He has tremendous love for the club and their fans, but like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool do not let their players leave on amicable terms". "Pre-season is over now and everybody's happy, I think we played a good pre-season and we can go with confidence into the new season". It's getting to the stage where if he doesn't want to be here, no player is bigger than Liverpool. They've added Brazil U-20 member Richarlison to the squad, and that name alone has me intrigued.

The ultimate decision will come down to FSG and it's going to be interesting to see how they play things from here. There is actually nothing else to say about it.

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