'Everyone Wants Coutinho To Stay' Pleads Liverpool Skipper

Phillipe Coutinho has left Liverpool's Melwood training ground amid Barcelona interest

Phillipe Coutinho has left Liverpool's Melwood training ground amid Barcelona interest

But after Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, Barcelona's general manager Pep Segura told Catalan television station TV3: "We are close to Coutinho and (Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane) Dembele".

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho will miss Liverpool's clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday through injury, amid intense Barcelona transfer interest. We know it is a very hard situation but there is nothing new to say.

The manager said striker Daniel Sturridge, who sustained a thigh injury in pre-season, is fit to return for Liverpool's first home game of the season, which could prove a tough encounter. "But it's the clubs who will have the final say on if we finally achieve those two transfers".

"No news from me because no-one told me anything different since we spoke last time about this".

Coutinho has played no part in either of Liverpool's opening two games of the season against Watford and Hoffenheim, although the club insist his absence is due to an ongoing back injury rather than the speculation surrounding his future.

"Daniel, yes I would say. Medical department have no complaints".

"We know we have to strengthen this team and that is what we are doing", Segura added.

The sporting director said: "Any team looking for top quality players are getting involved in a very hard situation in this market". Yes, we are negotiating with clubs to make several signings, but in all awareness of the difficulty.

The report claims that although the attacking midfielder is aware that his behaviour could cost him a place in the Brazil national team for next year's World Cup, he is prepared to take the risk as he remains desperate to play for Barcelona. They have the conditions, the right age and could adapt to our football.

When asked if he believed if the pair would both move to Barcelona this summer, Segura replied: "We hope". "They would be good to have here".

"Barca have to know that united and together they have to fight to get out of this, whether or not there are new players".

"With respect to Liverpool and Dortmund, when there are negotiations you need time, you need to work things into a favourable situation for players and ourselves".

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