Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho submits transfer request amid Barcelona interest

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Earlier today, Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) issued an official statement stating that Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any cost.

Jamie Carragher admits he is "surprised" Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request but still does not believe Liverpool will let the player leave this summer. Liverpool insist they will not entertain any offers for Barcelona target Coutinho as his war with club's owners broke out into the open.

The Reds rejected a second bid from Spanish club giants Barcelona for Coutinho worth up to €100 million on Wednesday and considered the matter closed.

It wasn't long until reports emerged that Philippe Coutinho had himself emailed in a transfer request. But, the Reds seem to be denying any such incident, and remain rigid on the fact that the Brazil worldwide would not be going anywhere this season.

For Liverpool fans, it won't be the first time they have lost a big name player to Barca, with the Catalonians stealing both Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano in recent years.

However, the Catalan side will not back down as they seek a replacement for Neymar who joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world record £200million this month.

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"I'm looking forward to kicking on in the future", continued Kent, calling his decision to commit himself to Liverpool "an easy decision" because Klopp is a manager "willing to play young players".

Liverpool are resolute that Philippe Coutinho will not be sold this summer, releasing a statement that confirms their intention to repel any offers for the Brazilian.

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.

In the press conference, Klopp was asked about trying to keep Coutinho happy. "He's not available and is also a doubt for Tuesday", he added.

"He has back problems and has not been training since last Friday".