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Ex-Liverpool star explains why Coutinho will leave Anfield this summer

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Barcelona have seen two bids for the Reds midfielder rejected and the Merseyside club has moved to alleviate the concerns of supporters, who fear that the spending power and allure of the Spanish side would tempt their playmaker to agree to the switch.

Coutinho's demand came on a dramatic day for Liverpool, which started with Fenway Sports Group, the club's American owners, issuing a statement to say they would not sanction the 25-year-old's sale at any price and considered the matter closed.

Barcelona are thought to be eager on recruiting Coutinho and, according to Sky Sports News, the main reason he wants to leave Liverpool is because, as a Brazilian, he finds it impossible to turn down interest from the Camp Nou.

Barcelona have identified the Brazilian as their top target and they have plenty of cash following the world record €222 million deal that saw Neymar depart for PSG. It was a subject Klopp alluded to before learning that Coutinho had submitted his request.

If Andre Gomes had joined Liverpool, in fact, Juventus could have had one more chance to sign Emre Can who has yet to agree to terms to a Liverpool contract extension and has been targeted by the Champions League finalists.

Juve may end up failing to land either player as Roma have made it clear they won't sell as have Liverpool.

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The Brazil global, 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.

"I have said what the club's decision is about this and now you can read it - that is maybe the only difference".

Questioned on whether his job now was to keep Coutinho happy, Klopp added: "I can't keep players happy".

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

Klopp told reporters on Friday that Coutinho would miss Liverpool's opening Premier League game against Watford on Saturday because of a back injury and is doubtful for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier first leg in Hoffenheim.

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