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Liverpool fighting losing battle with Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho, says Graeme Souness

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Alejandro Castrejon | Agosto 12, 2017, 16:09

The Catalan giants want to sign Coutinho as a replacement for Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £198m move earlier this month.

The Brazil worldwide, who has been the subject of two failed bids from Barcelona, sent an email to Liverpool's Sporting Director Michael Edwards Friday lunchtime informing him of his wish to quit the club.

The player reported as normal yesterday to Melwood where he received treatment on the back injury that has ruled him out of the Watford opener and possibly Tuesday's Champions League play-off first leg against Hoffenheim.

Previous reports from Spain had claimed the blaugrana would have been ready to offer huge cash plus the likes of Rafinha or Andre Gomes in exchange for the services of Coutinho and Juventus from Italy had been keeping a close eye on the developments of negoations.

However, that has all changed once again now that Coutinho has made clear his desire to move on with an official request.

Coutinho, who scored 14 goals in all competitions last season, signed a new five-year deal in January that did not include a release clause.

Liverpool had problems navigating the so called "lesser" sides during what was a disjointed season, but this is a flawless opportunity to not only get the campaign off on the right foot, but also to show that they won't be bulled by teams looking to choke the life out of their game.

Dortmund issued a statement to the German stock exchange this week in which they confirmed that a bid from Barca, which is said to be close to €100m, had been rejected.

Also on Friday, Sky Sports News received a statement said to be from a member of Coutinho's family. "With Liverpool you've got the chance of competing in the Champions League with Liverpool, or there's a chance of realistically going".

And, sometimes, the less said the better - unfortunately, he's not our only problem right now. That's how life is.