Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho has reportedly handed in a transfer request

Philippe Coutinho and Gary Lineker

GETTYPhilippe Coutinho will find it hard to turn down Barcelona claimed Gary Lineker

However, Liverpool have rejected his transfer request as they play hard-ball with the Spanish giants who have already seen a £90m bid for the Brazilian playmaker rebuffed.

For Liverpool fans, it won't be the first time they have lost a big name player to Barca, with the Catalonians stealing both Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano in recent years.

Having sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for £198 million, Barcelona needs a successor; Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele have been at the top of the list.

"From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go".

A fully-fit Emre Can believes Liverpool's vibrant and enthusiastic dressing room can generate a positive start to the Premier League season.

"I think everybody is looking forward to the new season", Can said.

The owners statement read: "No offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes".

But Liverpool's strong stance will prevent it from being Coutinho, which will come as a relief to Klopp.

Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5 million in 2013, signed a five-year contract with the Merseyside club in January that did not include a buy-out clause.

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. The Brazilian reportedly turned up at Liverpool's training ground as scheduled today for treatment on his back injury, and despite the fact that the club issued a statement yesterday saying that all offers for Coutinho would be rejected.

Liverpool insist they will not entertain any offers for Barcelona target Coutinho as his war with club's owners broke out into the open. We expected a good reaction from Liverpool but we needed to be better. "No, he is not available, he is also a doubt for Tuesday, unfortunately".

"I can't keep players happy". At this moment, I'm just concentrating on my team.

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