Liverpool owners release statement to kill of Barcelona's Coutinho hopes

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"We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho", said a statement from Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group on the Merseyside club's official website.

Liverpool's resolve to keep Philippe Coutinho remains intact despite their anger at the Brazilian's attempt to force a move to Barcelona by emailing a transfer request.

Jurgen Klopp has said that the "timing" of Philippe Coutinho's request to leave Liverpool makes it even more out of the question.

That news emerged only hours after Liverpool's owners had issued a statement stressing their stance that the 25-year-old would not be sold during the current transfer window.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request, Press Association Sport understands. "He has tremendous love for the club and fans but as Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms".

Farley plays Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, who explains to viewers he has received an email from the wantaway Brazilian.

I won't bore you with the exact wording as you've probably already read it but the basic message is simple: we are done selling our best players without putting up a fight.

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Personally, I'm truly saddened by these developments and do think that this is the beginning of the end for Liverpool and Coutinho but that's all.

Liverpool would go into the campaign significantly weaker than they were last season should they perform a u-turn and sell Coutinho to Barcelona.

Klopp said: "It's like I said: the club is bigger than anybody".

Coutinho is one of four Liverpool players, along with Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge, who will miss the Watford game through injury although Klopp said Sturridge should be fit for Hoffenheim.

'The rest is not for you, it is between me and all the boys, not just Phil'.

Neymar's departure earlier this month left the Catalan club with a huge hole in their lineup that needs filling, and a load of cash in their wallets, just waiting to be spent.

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