Report: Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho hands in official transfer request to Liverpool 

Philippe Coutinho, 25, recently emerged as Barcelona’s top target to fill the void left by superstar forward Neymar , who left for Paris Saint-Germain in a £198m transfer last week.

The Reds have been reluctant to listen to any offers from the Catalan giants, knocking back their first two bids – the second supposedly worth more than £90m with add-onds.

Jurgen Klopp’s no-sale stance was backed by the club’s Fenway Sports Group owners on Friday morning, with the Americans warning Barca off making a fresh approach in the remaining weeks of the window.

According to Sky Sports News , though, the Brazil international has now taken the first step towards pushing through a move to Camp Nou by telling the club that he wants to leave.

Coutinho will play no part in Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture against Watford on Saturday due to a niggling back injury, which has also made him doubtful to face Hoffenheim in next week’s Champions League qualifier.

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