How Liverpool forced Coutinho to submit transfer request

Klopp left fuming with Britos' 'offside' goal

And Liverpool host Watford at 12.30 after Philippe Coutinho's transfer request yesterday.

Fenway Sports Group, which owns the club, released a statement shortly thereafter saying that no offers for Coutinho would be considered despite his request to leave.

However, according to Sky Sports, the Reds' owners have rejected the Blaugrana's latest bid to capture the 25-year-old, by stating clearly that the Brazilian is not for sale. "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".

Gone are the days when Liverpool will readily sell their main player just because another club can pay well for him.

Philippe Coutinho emailed a transfer request to Liverpool minutes after the club had insisted they would not accept any offers for the Brazil playmaker.

The Merseyside outfit have signed three players in the summer transfer window so far but have missed out on RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

"I didn't think he would put in a transfer request, if I'm being honest", he said on Friday Night Football. And that is all I have to say. "I've said it already a few times, but maybe it's not been 100% clear, but now you can read it - maybe that's the difference!", he said.

Coutinho will be out of action this weekend when Liverpool begin its Premier League campaign against Watford due to a back injury. If we ask early enough, we try to do it. If you ask early enough, you can either switch the plan of whatever. Though it stinks that his tenure at the club will possibly end soon, the fact that the club is firm in its stance not to sell is what every big club should be like.

The start of any season and being at home is crucial. That is the most important thing. I said there'd be a riot if he went and I still stand by that.

"All the questions we're asking now is about players leaving, bit the ones at the club".

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