Liverpool stand firm on Coutinho

11 August 2017 07:22:56 EST

Liverpool have tried to shut the door on Philippe Coutinho leaving the club this summer, insisting that no offers for the player will be considered.

The 25-year-old Brazil international forward is reported to be a major target for Barcelona, who are armed with £200million from the world record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the Merseyside club insist that Coutinho is going nowhere, with the start of the new Premier League season on the near horizon.

Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group confirmed in a statement: "We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

"The club's definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes."

Coutinho joined Liverpool in January 2013, leaving Inter Milan for a fee of around £8.5million and has since scored 42 goals for the Reds in 182 appearances in all competitions.

He made his international debut for Brazil in October 2010 against Iran and has since won 28 caps, scoring seven goals - including a hat-trick against Haiti at the 2016 Copa America.

Coutinho penned a five-year contract with Liverpool in January, which is reported to contain no release clause.

Liverpool open their Premier League campaign at Watford at lunchtime on Saturday, with Jurgen Klopp's side hoping to improve on finishing in fourth place last season.

Last season the Merseysiders claimed a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road thanks to an amazing volleyed goal from Emre Can.

They can be backed at 4/7 to claim three points on Saturday and are 6/1 to secure a 1-0 victory, with summer signing Mohamed Salah 11/8 to score at any time, while Coutinho will miss the game due to a back problem.

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