Coutinho emails Liverpool to formally request Barcelona transfer

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Despite the heightening of tension between player and club, Liverpool's position is unchanged as they have rejected the players request.

'It's hard now as he doesn't want to be there - Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world but he doesn't want to be there.

Barcelona want Coutinho to replace Neymar following his compatriot's world-record €222 million (S$357 million) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.

Coutinho has total respect for Liverpool and the club's fans, even though at times he has become frustrated at his role in the team.

Both teams have scored in every one of Watford's opening day games in the Premier League so we like the look of a Liverpool win and BTTS double.

Soon after the press conference, reports emerged that Coutinho had handed in a transfer request.

Since arriving at Anfield from Brazilian side Internazionale Milan for £8.5 million, Coutinho has been nothing short of stellar scoring over 40 goals in 182 appearances for the Reds.

In a statement on Friday, the club's owners said its "definitive stance" was that "no offers will be considered".

Jurgen Klopp confirmed this morning that Coutinho is set to miss Liverpool's showdown with Watford with a back injury.

It is understood Barcelona are prepared to pay up to £110 million for Coutinho, who signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at Liverpool in January, but FSG's statement had seemed to clear up his future.

Asked if the playmaker would play at Vicarage Road today, Klopp said: "No, he was not in training since last Friday".

"So he's not available, and a doubt for Tuesday unfortunately".

"I can see them keeping him", Thompson said on Sky Sports News.

"If we bring in players we bring them in because I like them, because I want them", Klopp added.

Daniel Sturridge also looks set to miss Saturday's trip to Vicarage Road with a thigh injury, joining Coutinho, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana as players now unavailable to Klopp. "The rest is not for you, it is between me and all the boys, not just Phil".

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