Philippe Coutinho ruled out of Watford trip, doubtful for Champions League tie

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A blow, certainly, but with Philippe Coutinho set to be employed in a midfield role this season that loss was offset somewhat.

The Premier League club released a statement on Friday which appeared to categorically rule out the Brazilian leaving Anfield despite reported interest from Barcelona.

It is the first time Liverpool's owners have commented on Barcelona's proposed bid for Coutinho, after coach Juergen Klopp repeatedly insisted the Brazilian was not for sale.

An initial influx of transfer spendage early in their tenure has not been repeated, frustratingly so, and none more so this summer after the promise of quality and the media speculation that has towed behind it. Last season, he featured in 49 games in all competitions for the La Liga side, scored 8 goals and also provided 8 assists. "Ever since I was 16 I've been touted for big clubs". "I turned 50 in the summer and I forget things", he said.

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Q Would you rather Liverpool win the Champions League or the English Premier League? If you are not happy you will not be happy if I say be happy. Incredible player - and now they got some defenders as well.

It's said that the player has been nothing but respectful of the wishes of both his manager and his current employers after Liverpool afforded him a chance to reignite his career back in 2013.

However, Liverpool has a habit of slipping up against these mid-table to lower table clubs, and hence, it won't really be surprising if Watford is able to pull off a shock here and prevent Liverpool from grabbing all three points.

Liverpool will have to find a replacement in a very short amount of time, which is hard to do in today's market.

Klopp has always maintained that Coutinho would not be sold but he hopes that FSG's public stance will draw a line under the issue. In the face of such unforeseen failures, Klopp remained contented saying the club is incomparable to any other.

UPDATE: Liverpool have since come out and denied that Coutinho has handed in a transfer request.