Report: Liverpool Squad Sympathizes With Philippe Coutinho Following Transfer Request

1:39 | Soccer
English Premier League: Will Lukaku, Matic Make the Difference for Manchester United?
Saturday August 12th, 2017

A number of Liverpool players sympathise with Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian handed in a transfer request to push through a move to Barcelona. 

Coutinho handed in an official request yesterday, just hours after Liverpool's owners made it clear that the 25-year-old would not be sold for any price. 

The creative midfielder has expressed his desire to join the Spanish giants, who have received sufficient funds to pay for him following the £198m sale of Neymar to PSG. 

And after Liverpool's opening day draw away to Watford, Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol has reported that a number of Coutinho's teammates sympathise with the player, and fully understand why he wants to move away from Anfield. 

It remains to be seen whether or not the Reds will sanction any move for their star man, with the owners still standing firm that he won't be sold this summer. 

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. 

The Reds will have little time to find a replacement should the 25-year-old be sold - but with the fee expect to be over £100m, they won't be short on cash to replace him. 

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.