Coutinho hands in transfer request with Barcelona circling

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho controls the ball.

Hours after Liverpool's official statement on the transfer of Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian reportedly handed in an official transfer request which created a huge furore.

Watford have been one of the most active clubs in the transfer window this summer and have made nine signings so far, including the conversion of Tom Cleverley's loan move from Everton to a permanent deal with the Hornets. Barcelona want to sign an attacking midfielder this summer and have given up hope on Coutinho after the Reds released a statement stating their intentions to hold on to their prized asset.

On Wednesday 9th, the Reds rejected a 100 million euros bid (£90m) from Barcelona for the 25-year-old, who is out of Saturday's trip to Watford with injury.

Liverpool's owners have said that "no offers for Philippe Coutinho will be considered" after two approaches from Barcelona.

"I think it was the right moment to come here, because the ambition of this team is very good", Vela said.

Sportsmail reports that the new developments have caused tension and angst between the player and the club.

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Manager Jurgen Klopp had insisted last Wednesday that Liverpool are under no pressure to sell Coutinho.

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.

Salah joined Chelsea in 2014 but failed to settle at Stamford Bridge, and he was sent on loan to Fiorentina and Roma before joining the latter permanently a year ago.

The hosts started well and looked to catch Liverpool cold as Okaka slipped in Roberto Pereyra, who cut inside before his shot was blocked behind by Dejan Lovren.

"Even now I have to make hard decisions, so I could go in the season with this squad. It was a dream for me when I was young to play here one day", the former Roma star admitted.

But Coutinho will be missing from the Watford match with a back problem that could also rule him out of the first leg of the Champions League play-off away to German club Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

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