Barcelona plans to sign Coutinho rocked by Liverpool rejection


Barca believe Coutinho can step in for Neymar alongside Lionel Messi and former Liverpool favourite Suarez in a star-studded front three. "That is our plan", Klopp told Sky Germany, via the Telegraph.

These Klopp comments on Coutinho, particularly the line "I have to accept decisions by owners" are those you would associate with a man who has been told that it is out of his hands, and that the owners may have chose to sell the player.

Liverpool face Watford away in the Premier League on Saturday, where Coutinho will miss with an alleged back injury.

The comments come following Coutinho's move to secure a transfer to Barcelona.

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

The source said that Coutinho will not be sold and that Liverpool consider the matter closed, with the club's owners now publicly backing that stance up in a statement.

Coutinho's relationship with Klopp has also reportedly soured over the last few days and the player has no intention of ever turning out for the Reds again in the near future.

FSG's stern statement was quickly followed by a report from some leading media houses, chief among them Sky Sports, that Coutinho had officially asked to leave Liverpool. 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. Liverpool don't want to sell Emre Can. "That's the way it will go, nothing else to say about it", the 50-year-old said. Coutinho requested to leave the club in an email hours later.

Sportskeeda will keep you updated with what transpires so watch this space.

But Klopp is not anxious by the situation, insisting his only concern regards the fitness of the Brazilian, who misses the game at Watford through injury and is also doubtful for the Champions League first leg qualifier against Hoffenheim in midweek.



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