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Barcelona forced to cancel Coutinho presentation after Liverpool hold firm

12 August 2017

Fenway Sports Group, which owns the club, released a statement shortly thereafter saying that no offers for Coutinho would be considered despite his request to leave.

Barca saw two bids swiftly batted away for the 25-year-old, the last of which was tabled in midweek and totalled €100 million.

Liverpool conceded in second-half injury time to draw 3-3 at Watford on Saturday as the team's defensive frailties flared in its first game of the Premier League season.

Barcelona have turned their attention to Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen after negotiations with Liverpool fell through for the signing of Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool have already rejected an offer of €80 million (around £72 million) from the Catalan giants for the attacking midfielder/winger last month, but Barça have ramped up their pursuit of the Brazilian footballer after they sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

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"I think everybody is looking forward to the new season", Can said.

If this report is accurate then it seems Liverpool are willing to do business over Coutinho but they clearly aren't going to make his exit easy as the situation within the club has been described in many papers as "all out war".

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"Some of the young boys come with big motivation, which is important for our club".

Asked if he had to take special measures to keep Coutinho happy, Klopp said: "I can't always keep people or players happy".

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has gone on record a number of times emphasising the player is not for sale. The players who are not available I have no influence on.

"The reasons why the players are not available, I can not have an influence on it".

"I have to accept decisions from owners, that's how it is, and sometimes from players, but for this moment I just have to concentrate on my team".

Klopp, however, is determined to show he is serious about bringing back the glory days to Anfield by retaining Coutinho, Liverpool's top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last season when the Merseysiders finished fourth.

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Barcelona forced to cancel Coutinho presentation after Liverpool hold firm