Liverpool say Philippe Coutinho is 'definitively' not for sale

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On Wednesday, the Reds rejected a bid of 100 million euros (£90m) from Barcelona for Coutinho, who is out of Liverpool's trip to Watford.

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 remains the subject of avid interest from Barcelona as the La Liga giants aim to replace Neymar, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering €222 million last week.

The player reported as normal yesterday to Melwood where he received treatment on the back injury that has ruled him out of the Watford opener and possibly Tuesday's Champions League play-off first leg against Hoffenheim.

Klopp, however, is determined to show he is serious about bringing back the glory days to Anfield by retaining Coutinho, Liverpool's top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last season when the Merseysiders finished fourth.

"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.

With their 2017/18 campaign kicking off on Saturday, Jürgen Klopp's side are trying their hardest to quash any potential departures, as exemplified by their statement on Friday morning clarifying their stance on the Coutinho situation.

"The only thing I can say about this is that in life everything is about timing - whichever club asks early enough".

At least that's the narrative I'm going to run with; the uncertainty over Coutinho is disruptive, but it's not earth shattering.

If Andre Gomes had joined Liverpool, in fact, Juventus could have had one more chance to sign Emre Can who has yet to agree to terms to a Liverpool contract extension and has been targeted by the Champions League finalists. Phil is not available for us and that for me is the bigger issue.