Coutinho: I want move to Barca


Great things are expected of Liverpool's exciting front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane - all were on the scoresheet - but it remains to be seen if they will be complemented by Coutinho this season.

Liverpool's season has begun in cavalcade: a 3-3 draw away to Watford which once again showed their frailties on set pieces and their generally hopeless defence: something Jamie Carragher took a scalpel to on Sky Sports at half time.

Liverpool have rejected Philippe Coutinho's request to leave the club.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp followed the statement up in his press conference, declaring: "I think when somebody like FSG says it then that's the statement".

"For Barcelona, it's an important financial income that allows them to breathe much easier and also to try new signings".

In a statement on Friday, the club's owners said its "definitive stance" was that "no offers will be considered".

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

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Having scored a spectacular victor in Liverpool's last trip to Vicarage Road, the 23-year-old midfielder believes his side is ready to start well.

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

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

Coutinho's actions are a surprise, because when players officially ask to leave, they usually prefer to do it through their representatives.

Questioned on whether his job now was to keep Coutinho happy, Klopp added: "I can't keep players happy". There is actually nothing else to say about it.

It is no wonder that Liverpool want "The Little Magician" to remain with the club as has really flourished at Merseyside. With Champions League coming back to Anfield this season, players will have to be on the peak of their fitness, something that is even more essential, given Klopp's propensity to play the high-octane "gegenpressing" style of football.