Liverpool insist Coutinho is not for sale

Jurgen Klopp | File  AP

Liverpool insist that their resolve to keep Philippe Coutinho will not be broken despite mounting anger at the player trying to force a move to Barcelona by emailing a transfer request to club officials.

The Catalan giants have already seen two bids rejected by the Merseyside club for Coutinho, the most recent being worth £90 million.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request, which came just hours after Liverpool's owners issued a statement saying he would not be sold.

Coutinho is being heavily linked with Barcelona, who are seeking a replacement for Neymar after the forward's world-record €222million move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The midfielder has also been ruled out of the Reds' Premier League opener against Watford.

The Brazilian winger was at his peak in the 2016-17 campaign, scoring 13 times and providing seven assists in 31 English Premier League appearances as Liverpool finished fourth and secured Champions League qualification.

Barcelona tabled a £90million bid for Coutinho that was rejected earlier this week, as Liverpool attempt to fend off interest in their star playmaker.

FSG's statement was an endorsement of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's previous comments that Coutinho was not going anywhere. Spurs are likely to be just as hard to deal with as Liverpool, although there is a belief that Daniel Levy has a selling price for every player, even if it is likely to be over £100m given that the White Hart Lane club got over £50m for Kyle Walker.

The former Inter Milan player, who joined Liverpool from the Serie A side for £8.5m in 2013, signed a new five-year deal in January that did not include a buy-out clause.

And, sometimes, the less said the better - unfortunately, he's not our only problem right now.

"I can't keep players happy". Phil is not available for us and that for me is the bigger issue.

Liverpool new boy Mohamed Salah is expected to make his competitive debut for the Anfield outfit tomorrow as Klopp looks to cope without Coutinho, but you can flip a coin on whether or not Andy Robertson will be given the same honour as the Scotsman competes with the likes of James Milner and Alberto Moreno for a spot on the flank.

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