Liverpool reject Coutinho's transfer request

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

In their attempts to replace Neymar, Barcelona remain confident of signing Borussia Dortmund's French winger Ousmane Dembele despite seeing their initial €100m bid rejected by the German club.

Barca saw two bids swiftly batted away for the 25-year-old, the last of which was tabled in midweek and totalled €100 million.

Despite growing speculation following Brazil star Neymar's move away from the Nou Camp, Liverpool made a decision to reject the transfer request, insisting "no offers for Philippe will be considered" in an official statement.

"The board want him to stay, this is not a situation where Liverpool need money or to cash in", Liverpool great Steven Gerrard, the club under-18 coach, said this week about the Coutinho situation. "And that is the way it will go".

Coutinho's demand to leave was rejected by Liverpool as relations soured between the playmaker and club on the eve of the new Premier League season.

"Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution but to no avail".

He has missed training in the run up to the clash with a back injury, though is actually believed to be fully fit.

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

Coutinho's relationship with Klopp has also reportedly soured over the last few days and the player has no intention of ever turning out for the Reds again in the near future. Renowned journalist Guillem Balague reckons that Coutinho's transfer request has still not reached the Liverpool press office.

Salah, who is poised to make his competitive debut against Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, scored four times during an impressive pre-season campaign with his new side.

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