Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Liverpool not selling Coutinho, say club owners

Liverpool not selling Coutinho, say club owners

And, Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have moved to end any further pursuit of Coutinho, releasing a statement which indicated that "no offers will be considered" for the forward.

Barcelona are thought to be eager on recruiting Coutinho and, according to Sky Sports News, the main reason he wants to leave Liverpool is because, as a Brazilian, he finds it impossible to turn down interest from the Camp Nou.

Coutinho is Barcelona's top target to replace Neymar following the striker's world record move to Paris Saint-Germain. Along with Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge will also miss the trip to Hertfordshire with the striker nursing a thigh problem and Adam Lallana will watch from the stands with the Reds midfielder set to be out until October.

Equally there is anger on the club's part that Coutinho submitted a transfer request having been told in face-to-face meetings with the owners and Klopp that such a move would not be entertained.

Despite Coutinho's request, Liverpool are not obliged to sell the player.

Coutinho is unavailable for the match, with Liverpool saying the playmaker has a back injury.

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

Coutinho, who was Liverpool's leading scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last season, signed a new five-year deal in January.

It was reported that the Merseyside club refused a bid for their star last month, and despite Barca improving their offer, The Reds remain unwilling to sell.

Coutinho 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. "No he is not available, he is also a doubt for Tuesday, unfortunately".

At least that's the narrative I'm going to run with; the uncertainty over Coutinho is disruptive, but it's not earth shattering. "For me the bigger issue is that he is unable to play", he said.

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