Liverpool's Coutinho submits transfer request amid Barca interest

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Barcelona want Coutinho to replace Neymar following his compatriot's 222 million-euro transfer to PSG last week.

Barca fans had been given hope of keeping hold of Neymar when Gerard Pique posted a picture of himself with the striker on social media, captions "se queda" [he's staying].

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

The Reds boss has said that the "timing" of Coutinho's request to leave Liverpool makes it even more out of the question, adding that it's impossible to put a price on the Brazil worldwide because it's too late in the window to try to replace him.

Jurgen Klopp has said that the "timing" of Philippe Coutinho's request to leave Liverpool makes it even more out of the question.

The Reds rejected a second bid from Spanish club giants Barcelona for Coutinho worth up to €100 million on Wednesday and considered the matter closed.

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Barcelona have turned their attention to Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen after negotiations with Liverpool fell through for the signing of Philippe Coutinho.

While Liverpool bosses and fans alike panic with their Premier League curtain-raiser against Watford less than 24 hours away, know this: It's not all doom and gloom.

Philippe Coutinho emailed a transfer request to Liverpool minutes after the club had insisted they would not accept any offers for the Brazil playmaker.

Barcelona had begun looking at alternatives to the 25-year-old, with Tottenham's Christian Eriksen one name touted.

As the transfer saga continues, Coutinho will miss tonight's clash with Watford with a back problem. "No, he is not available, he is also a doubt for Tuesday, unfortunately".

Klopp had a similar conversation with the player in Hong Kong after Barcelona's opening bid was dismissed, with Coutinho and his agent, Kia Joorabchian, being made aware of FSG's resolve throughout the summer. "All the rest is just between me and all the boys, not just Phil".