Resolute Liverpool maintain that Philippe Coutinho will not be sold

Liverpool to reject bids for Philippine Coutinho as Barca seeks to fill hole left by Neymar

"If you're asking me my opinion, any player who says they don't want to play for you, as soon as the transfer request came out, I don't want players who are not committed".

"He has tremendous love for the club and fans but, like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms".

Barcelona are desperate to land the 25-year-old to replace fellow Brazilian Neymar who was sold for a world record 222 million euros to Paris Saint Germain last week.

Klopp remained adamant the Liverpool owners' stance on Coutinho was final when speaking in his pre-match press conference yesterday - ahead of the club's Premier League opener against Watford today.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has blasted Philippe Coutinho over his attempts to quit the club.

But I don't think so because I think it was pretty clear what the club, FSG, said about it.

Despite looking elsewhere, there is certainly unfinished business between Barcelona, Liverpool and Coutinho in this transfer window, and this afternoon's news will improve the likelihood of them securing the signature of their number one transfer target.


Philippe Coutinho could miss Liverpool's crunch Champions League play-off clash against Hoffenheim next week, Jurgen Klopp has hinted.

Coutinho signed a new five-year deal with the Reds in January, with no release clause, ensuring the club are in a strong position if they opt to negotiate.

It is the first time Liverpool's owners have commented on Barcelona's proposed bid for Coutinho, after coach Jurgen Klopp repeatedly insisted the Brazilian was not for sale.

"He has back problems, not in training since last Friday", he told reporters at Melwood on Friday.

Lallana is missing extended time, but it gets more complicated when Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are also in doubt.

"It's not about this, Phil is not available for us, that's the biggest issue that he's not available to play". "I was not properly fit and I came back late and I got an injury - it was not flawless", he told the club's website.

Klopp was asked about trying to keep Coutinho happy. I can not buy a player just to have a player.

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