Philippe Coutinho is staying at Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho is staying at Liverpool

Liverpool have rejected Philippe Coutinho's transfer request as he seeks to push for a move to Barcelona.

Philippe Coutinho's transfer request yesterday was quickly rejected by Liverpool, hours after club owners issued a statement saying that the Brazilian playmaker is not for sale, according to Sky Sports and the BBC.

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

The Catalan club has repeatedly made hefty bids for the 25-year-old, with the latest bid being reported at £90.5 million.

Philippe Coutinho is in the news yet again, this time for having seen a transfer request to try force a move to Barcelona get shot down by Liverpool.

"Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players".

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It's what I've said all along - we want to try to get a resolution to the situation, and everyone wants that". He admitted: "We're at a critical stage and hope it's going to be resolved as soon as possible.

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.

Liverpool fans have expressed their excitement on Twitter after the club released an official statement which revealed that Philippe Coutinho would not be sold during the transfer window. Watford have had a brilliant summer transfer window, with several outstanding buys including the arrival of manager Marco Silva. "I have nothing to say about this".

"I can't keep players happy".

Coutinho will not be available for selection at Vicarage Road due to a back injury, which will also make him a doubt for the first leg of the Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim on Tuesday. "He's important to us and is our captain and I want to keep him with the team". Some had clauses, some had no clauses; we had the Lewandowski thing and that was hard when he went to Bayern on a free transfer. If you ask early enough, you can either switch the plan or whatever. It's like I said: the club is bigger than anybody. That is the most important thing. That is how I understand.

Mohamed Salah from Roma will look to impress early and Watford have brought in some steady performing players from EPL plus Kiko Femenia from Spain.