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Souness: With or without Coutinho, Liverpool will not win a top trophy

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Alejandro Castrejon | Agosto 12, 2017, 07:13

The 24-time Spanish league champions increased the offer to 85 million euros (76.66 million pounds) plus 15 million in add-ons but Liverpool have rejected the second bid, maintaining their stance that the player is not for sale, according to the reports.

"I've experienced it before as a player and as a fan with Mascherano, with Suarez, and it's a very, very difficult, tricky situation for a club to be in".

Reports out of the United Kingdom say Liverpool have knocked back an offer of £90m (NZ$159m) for the Brazil international just a fortnight after they said no to a deal worth £72m (NZ$127m).

"The good thing from the Liverpool fans' point of view is the manager is desperate to keep hold of him and is trying to keep hold of him".

With a massive $262m in hand after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona are ready to splash over a $100m on a replacement. That is the problem.

But Coutinho wants to leave Liverpool and sign for Barcelona - and he is willing to do all he can short of an official transfer request to make the move happen.

While Klopp is adamant that he wants to keep Coutinho, he did acknowledge that no player in world football is unsellable.

Coutinho is said to have his heart set on joining Barca.

"Today, no player on the planet is unsellable".

Bookmakers Betfair have responded to the latest news by pricing Coutinho at 8/11 to remain at Anfield for the upcoming season, having been at odds of 2/1 earlier this week.

Liverpool clearly don't have any desire to sell Coutinho this summer and, crucially, don't need to either, with Fenway Sports Group backing Klopp's resolve.

Coutinho have reportedly told Jurgen Klopp that he would love to make the move to Barcelona. Losing Coutinho would be a huge blow to their chances of English or European glory.