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Reports: Philippe Coutinho hands in transfer request at Liverpool

12 Agosto 2017, 09:15 | Gerardo Tarin

GETTY Liverpool insist Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho will not leave this summer

Liverpool Barcelona Philippe Coutinho

But it certainly looks like the writing is on the wall now, with Coutinho appearing eager to force through a move to the Camp Nou.

Coutinho was Liverpool's top Prem scorer last term with 14 goals and also made eight assists.

Instead, they had upped the ante less than 24 hours before their Premier League opener against Watford, a game for which manager Juergen Klopp said the Brazilian was injured.

Lucas' departure is a blow to Liverpool.

Andres Iniesta is out of contract at the end of the forthcoming season. It is unlikely that Liverpool will miss him much.

This has also been a year of returns for two of the city's most successful sons.

Firmino's work-rate and technical ability make him a unique weapon.

A report in Spain this week suggested FSG had given their approval for a Barca offer of £90m plus a further £18m in add-ons for the former Inter star.

"I didn't have the greatest of seasons last year with Derby, but the chance to come to the Premier League".

Holding onto Alexis Sanchez will be crucial to Arsenal's chances of success, next season. "We cannot force the things and we would never get a centre back just because (of the sake of it)". And they've built an imposing new main stand, ensuring the club remain at Anfield in the process. Otherwise, they will have to resort to using a young Robertson, or ask Milner to step in.

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp Philippe Coutinho
GETTY Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Philippe Coutinho will not be sold

On the blue half of the city, Wayne Rooney rejoined Everton earlier this summer after 13 years away. Liverpool's pursuit of Naby Keita is evidence of the same.

The city's love for sport is - and will continue to be - hugely attractive.

Lineker insisted that if Liverpool hold onto Coutinho, they could end up having a player who doesn't want to be there. Liverpool have been able to ward them off so far.

"If FSG is saying something like this, then that's the statement", Klopp noted in his pre-match media briefing.

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"He has back problems, not in training since last Friday", he told reporters at Melwood on Friday. "I think Liverpool are a force".

Biggest summer buy: Mohamed Salah joined from Roma for a fee that could rise as high as £44m.

"I've said it already a few times, but maybe it's not been 100% clear, but now you can read it - maybe that's the difference!"

Lucas was a popular figure within the squad and was especially close to his fellow Brazilians Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

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