Liverpool midfielder, Phillipe Coutinho has handed a transfer request in order to force a move to Barcelona this season.
Liverpool had earlier rejected two bids for the midfielder but with this transfer request, it would be difficult to hold to the player.
The Brazilian made it known to the Liverpool hierarchy that he wants to leave the club through an email that he sent to the club earlier on Friday after a statement from the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group that he will not be sold this summer.
The two bids from Barcelona was immediately rejected as the club manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that Coutinho is not for sale at any price.
Michael Edwards, the sporting director of the club was notified about Coutinho’s decision to leave the club this season.
An Unexpected Move From Coutinho
Liverpool did not expect Coutinho to hand in a transfer request as he had earlier revealed that he would only leave if the two clubs could reach an agreement regarding his future.
However, the club has revealed that they will not allow the player leave before the first Premier League game against Watford on Sunday and are prepared to reject even bigger bids for their playmaker.
“If FSG has stated that he will not be sold then it is hard to argue against something like this” Klopp stated in his press briefing earlier today.
“I have already said that he will not be leaving and now that it is out there, I hope everyone can now see it and act accordingly.”
Coutinho has not released an official statement to this effect.