Coutinho hands transfer request to Liverpool

Liverpool have rejected two bids from Barca for the Brazil forward, the second a reported £90 million offer on Wednesday, and have made clear they have no intention of selling a player who agreed a five-year contract last January.

Barca had a £72million bid for the Brazil worldwide rejected in July and, having subsequently sold his compatriot Neymar to Paris St Germain for a world-record £200.6million, are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of the 25-year-old.

Philippe Coutinho has rocked Liverpool by handing in a transfer request on the eve of the new season.

"We wish to offer clarity as regards to our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho", a statement on behalf of FSG read.

Jurgen Klopp is pleased with the firm stance Liverpool's owners have taken over the future of Philippe Coutinho.

Alexander-Arnold recently impressed in a 3-0 friendly victory against Bayern Munich that saw him go up against former France winger Franck Ribery. "So what they offer in the end doesn't matter", the German was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

The player himself is said to have been exemplary in his attitude of late and outlets have recently claimed he has done everything asked of him by manager Jürgen Klopp in an effort to keep the spirits high in the dressing room. 'That is set in stone. Now we need to deliver and we are ready for it.

"We want to have the best possible team".

"For me Pep was brought in to win the Champions League because what's missing from the new Man City era is a European trophy so I think that's more the focus".

"I can't keep players happy", he said.

Liverpool were hoping to add Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton but withdrew their interest in the Dutch centre back after Saints accused them of making an illegal approach.

The club has shown during their pre-season games that they are a force to reckon with as their new signing Mohamed Salah has been in fine form together with the other old players like Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.

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