Liverpool owners release succinct statement on future of Philippe Coutinho


The Brazil playmaker has been targeted by Barcelona, whose bid of around £90million was rebuffed by Liverpool on Wednesday.

And owners Fenway Sports Group have re-emphasised that stance in a public statement on the club's official website maintaining that Coutinho is not for sale.

For FSG, this statement alleviates some short-term pressure on themselves and the club but will there be another statement, come the 1st of September, if they fail to fulfil the prospect of top quality players joining the club?

Barcelona has made two offers for Coutinho, the latest reportedly being 100 million euros.

Sky Sports reports a member of his family as saying: "Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail".

Another player who will play no part is Danny Ings, who will continue his ongoing recovery from a lengthy knee injury with a cameo for Liverpool's Under-23s at Swansea City on Friday night.

Liverpool's owners have said that "no offers for Philippe Coutinho will be considered" following interest from Barcelona in the midfielder.

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FSG's earlier statement read: "We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho".

In a press conference previewing Liverpool's trip to Vicarage Road, Klopp said he will play them on either wing of Liverpool's front line and is relishing the impact they could have together.

Barca have plenty of money to spend, having sold Coutinho's compatriot Neymar to Paris St Germain for a world-record fee last week.

The German said: "I can't keep players happy. I am already here to work with this squad and not just always thinking "but if we don't get this or this".

The Brazil worldwide is also a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier away to Hoffenheim.

They take claims from England to say Liverpool "opened the doors" for the left-back, and then add that "it wouldn't be strange" if Sevilla contact the Premier League side soon.