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Amid Coutinho shock, Klopp admits he is looking to sign new midfielder

12 August 2017, 07:07 | Anna Jefferson

Watford's Miguel Britos scores their third goal

Watford's Miguel Britos scores their third goal

Liverpool's owners have said that "no offers for Philippe Coutinho will be considered" after two approaches from Barcelona.

Merseyside club received the request directly from the player via email on Friday afternoon.

According to Sky Sports, the player has handed in an official transfer request ahead of the season starting this weekend, but Liverpool still says it isn't selling.

But now with the allure of a bigger club and a chance to play with one of the best players in recent history in Lionel Messi, Liverpool will try desperately to hold on to their bright young talent.

"We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho", a statement from Fenway Sports Group (FSG) read.

Reds fans have taken to social media to express their delight surrounding the statement, with many supporters declaring how nervous they were to click on the link in case it said he was moving to Barcelona.

Barca believe Coutinho can step in for Neymar alongside Lionel Messi and former Liverpool favourite Luis Suarez in a star-studded front three, and could also provide cover for 33-year-old Andres Iniesta in midfield.

Barca are in the market for a midfielder and a replacement for Neymar after the Brazilian forward sealed a world record €222 million (Dh963.8m) move to Paris Saint-Germain at the start of this month.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's third goal
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's third goal

Meanwhile, there are other reports circling as well that the Reds are covering up the fact that Coutinho has handed a transfer request.

"Coutinho has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this but failed so far".

Jurgen Klopp confirmed this morning that Coutinho is set to miss Liverpool's showdown with Watford with a back injury.

"I think I have said it already a few times, but maybe that's not 100% clear".

"I can't keep players happy".

Jurgen Klopp has maintained his stand that Coutinho is not for sale, despite strong interest from Barcelona.

"Are we looking still for players? Yes".

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