Liverpool midfielder Coutinho submits transfer request

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Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise has taken to social media platform Twitter to let know his verdict on the saga. "It was a dream for me when I was young to play here one day", he told Sky Sports.

According to Sky sources, Coutinho had indicated he would like to move to the Nou Camp should an amicable solution be reached between Liverpool and Barcelona.

Klopp, speaking at a pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool's Premier League opener at Watford on Saturday, again reiterated his stance but remained coy about his private talks with the Brazilian.

Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request to Liverpool, just hours after the club categorically said that he will not be leaving the club this summer.

"The board want him to stay, this is not a situation where Liverpool need money or to cash in", Liverpool great Steven Gerrard, the club under-18 coach, said this week about the Coutinho situation.

Coutinho's demand came after the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, issued a statement insisting that the Brazilian would not be sold at any price.




Klopp, however, is determined to win the Premier League title this season by retaining Coutinho, Liverpool's top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last season when the Reds finished fourth.

Klopp was asked about trying to keep Coutinho happy.

The Brazil worldwide was missing with a back injury, according to Liverpool, although he might not have been in the right frame of mind to play anyway after handing in a transfer request on Friday in light of interest in the playmaker from Barcelona.

"I have said what the club's decision is about this and now you can read it - that is maybe the only difference".

But Klopp is not anxious by the situation, insisting his only concern regards the fitness of the Brazilian, who misses the game at Watford through injury and is also doubtful for the Champions League first leg qualifier against Hoffenheim in midweek. I have no influence on the players who aren't available.

"Last time it was very tough, we won 1-0 and I remember in the last minute they hit the crossbar and it was almost heartbreak for me!"

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