Liverpool release statement on Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool say Coutinho staying amid interest from Barcelona

Liverpool say Coutinho staying amid interest from Barcelona

If, however, Coutinho's Barcelona move is really off, Juventus may be forced to retire from the race to sign Can as Klopp is not open to sell the Germany International in the summer.

Redknapp is convinced the Holland worldwide will transform the defence in Jurgen Klopp's side, but insisted that he must be joined by Coutinho in the starting line-up for them to be considered genuine title challengers.

"The only thing I can say about this is that in life everything is about timing - whichever club asks early enough. And that is the way it will go".

Fenway Sports Group backed up this "definitive stance", which was announced in a short statement, by reportedly rejecting a transfer request submitted by the Brazil playmaker hours later. Liverpool initially insisted that was not the case, but it is understood the player did send an email.

The statement said: "Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail".

After selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain last week, the Catalan club are said to be looking to bring in a few top players to restore some faith among their supporters.

Klopp said Coutinho had not trained for a week since sustaining his injury.

"It's not about this at the moment".

The Brazilian winger was at his peak in the 2016-17 campaign, scoring 13 times and providing seven assists in 31 English Premier League appearances as Liverpool finished fourth and secured Champions League qualification.

"It's not about this, Phil is not available for us, that's the biggest issue that he's not available to play".

Coutinho, who scored 14 goals in all competitions last season, signed a new five-year deal in January that did not include a release clause.

"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.

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