Philippe Coutinho personally hands in transfer request but Liverpool standing firm

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A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER OF PHILIPPE COUTINHO, on Liverpool making it hard for their playmaker to leave for Barcelona.

You've got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.

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.

In a statement yesterday, the club's owners said its "definitive stance" was that "no offers will be considered".

The 25-year-old midfielder tried to force the issue by slapping in a transfer request on Friday after Liverpool made it clear that they won't be entertaining offers for him.

The family member added: "There are things that have happened, there is not the same bond".

The Independent has been told Liverpool will maintain their stance not to sell but understand that Coutinho was "floored" by FSG's statement on Friday and that a move to Barcelona remains his dream. "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".

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.

Daniel Sturridge also looks set to miss Saturday's trip to Vicarage Road with a thigh injury, joining Coutinho, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana as players now unavailable to Klopp.

There are problems at Liverpool, and they face Hoffenheim in the Champions League qualifiers on Tuesday.

Klopp also said he had "nothing to say about this" when asked what Coutinho had said to him regarding the Barcelona interest.

"I had to sell a lot of players in my managerial career", the German said. "The rest is not for you, it is between me and all the boys, not just Phil".

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