PHILIPPE COUTINHO: LIVERPOOL MIDFIELDER SUBMITS TRANSFER REQUEST

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Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request, hours after the Premier League club released a statement saying he is not for sale. On Wednesday, the Reds rejected a 100 million euros bid (£90m) from Barcelona for the 25-year-old, who is out of Saturday’s trip to Watford with injury.

In a statement on Friday, the club’s owners said its “definitive stance” was that “no offers will be considered”. BBC Sport understands he sent an email stating his desire to leave Anfield. Speaking at an earlier news conference previewing the league match at Vicarage Road (12:30 BST kick-off), Klopp said Coutinho would miss the season opener because of a back problem.

Klopp said he was also a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League play-off first leg at Hoffenheim as he had “not been in training since last Friday”.