Liverpool want £137m for Philippe Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool's training camp in Germany

Philippe Coutinho has formally asked to leave Liverpool this lunchtime, as the player looks to secure a move to Barcelona.

"Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho could be a good option to play at Neymar's position but former Spurs man Paulinho could also be an important addition at the centre of the pitch".

"We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho".

After a series of conflicting reports, on Friday it has been reported that Coutinho has indeed officially requested a move away from Anfield. But, the Reds seem to be denying any such incident, and remain rigid on the fact that the Brazil global would not be going anywhere this season.

The 25-year-old has been targeted by Barca as they seek to fill the gap left by Neymar, who departed for Paris St Germain last week in a record-breaking €222m deal.

It is understood the player's representatives suggested privately he would be submitting the request at lunch time yesterday, and that duly followed, with the player himself sending an e-mail to the club setting out a formal transfer request.

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Liverpool had denied initial reports but it has now emerged that the Liverpool No.10 made his intentions clear after manager Jurgen Klopp's pre-match press conference.

Coutinho will be a big miss if he does leave Liverpool this summer, as he was the Merseysiders' top scorer last season with 14 goals in all competitions.

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.

"If we bring in players we bring them in because I like them, because I want them", Klopp added.

"Clyney had a problem from the first day and now Phil with the back". "So, no, he is not available and is also a doubt - if he is not available for Saturday - for Tuesday, unfortunately".

Barcelona can discuss personal terms with Coutinho, but in the end that will not matter because they will still have to convince Liverpool to part ways with their best player.

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