Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Liverpool star Coutinho aggrieved over Klopp treatment: Duo's relationship has soured

Liverpool star Coutinho aggrieved over Klopp treatment: Duo's relationship has soured

Barca, who sold Neymar to Paris St Germain last week for a world-record £200.6m, made their offer on Wednesday having already had a £72m bid for Coutinho turned down in July.

The Brazil worldwide, who has been the subject of two failed bids from Barcelona, sent an email to Liverpool's Sporting Director Michael Edwards Friday lunchtime informing him of his wish to quit the club.

Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014 after the Uruguay striker pushed for a move away from Anfield.

Redknapp is convinced the Holland global 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.

Liverpool Football Club have announced their 32 player squad list for their double headed Champions League play-off qualifier against Hoffenheim this month.

Liverpool have given out the message this summer that they are not a selling club after also rejecting offers from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.

But Coutinho responded to Liverpool's stance by declaring his intentions via email to head for the exit.

"Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail", the statement read.

Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5 million in 2013, signed a new five-year contract with the northwest side in January that did not include a buy-out clause.

The move will boost Barca in their attempts to replace Neymar, after seeing a bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele rejected on Thursday.

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

Asked if Coutinho would play at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Klopp replied: "No, he has back problems. He's a doubt for Tuesday unfortunately", he said.

"I can't keep players happy".

"Phil is not available for us and that for me is the bigger issue", Klopp said.

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