Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request making it clear he wishes to leave Liverpool, just hours after the club released a statement saying he is not for sale.
Initially, the Reds denied having received such a request from the midfielder, but after Friday’s training session it emerged that Coutinho had made the request via email amid continued interest from Spanish giants Barcelona.
The request from Coutinho comes in spite of a statement released by Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, in which they made it clear that “no offers will be considered” for the player.
“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes,” the FSG statement read.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp also backed the owners’ sentiments.
“When FSG say something like this it is 100 per cent clear,” said Klopp. “You can read it and there is nothing else to say about it.”
Liverpool have already blocked two offers from Barcelona, the latest said to be worth £90.4m. Barcelona are reportedly willing to pay as much as £110m for the player.
A close family member of Coutinho’s told Sky Sports News: “Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail.
“He has tremendous love for the club and its fans, but like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms.”
On Friday, Klopp also confirmed Coutinho will miss their opening Premier League game against Watford on Saturday through injury. He is also doubtful for the Champions League first-leg qualifier against Hoffenheim next week.