Coutinho hands in transfer request after Pool owners rule out sale

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Liverpool turned down a second bid of £90million from the La Liga outfit earlier this week and owners Fenway Sports Group remain adamant that Coutinho will be staying put.

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.

Sky Sports News understands Liverpool have so far rejected two bids from Barcelona for the Brazil global, with the latest offer worth up to £90.4 million.

Former-Liverpool defender turned Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has spoken out about Philippe Coutinho's conduct after reports emerged suggesting that the Brazil global is trying to push through a move to Barcelona by handing in a formal transfer request.

Further reports suggest Coutinho, who has five years left on his current Anfield deal, told Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday he would NOT play in Liverpool's Premier League opener at Watford.

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

That message appeared on Liverpool's official website just prior to Klopp speaking at a press conference, during which he said of FSG's statement: "I think if somebody, in this case FSG, is saying something like this, that is the statement".

However following training this morning, Coutinho emailed the clubs sporting director Michael Edwards informing the club that he wanted to leave.

"I think I have said it already a few times, but maybe that's not 100% clear".

"It's hard now as he doesn't want to be there - Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world but he doesn't want to be there". "I am responsible for the whole team, all these players and I need to focus on the players who are available. You can read it and there is nothing else to say about it" Klopp said. "But at the end of the day it comes down to Philippe Coutinho and his decision, what he's prepared to do, what type of war he's prepared to create to get out because Liverpool won't make it easy for him".

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