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The Egypt worldwide is in line to make his first Premier League appearance for his new club Liverpool after becoming the club's most-expensive player last month.

A Philippe Coutinho. This is the season he will showcase his range of passes and unlock defences.

An hour before Klopp's news conference ahead of Saturday lunchtime's visit to Watford - live on Sky Sports Premier League - Liverpool's American owners released a statement saying no offers will be considered for Barcelona target Coutinho this summer.

Barca have plenty of money to spend, having sold Coutinho's compatriot Neymar to Paris St Germain for a world-record £200.6m last week.

The size of the task at hand never seems to dissipate at Anfield.

It leaves Klopp with a significant headache only three weeks before the transfer window shuts.

The German said the same last season, too, but set pieces and counterattacks continued to cost Liverpool dearly.

Coutinho, 25, is believed to have designs on a move to the Camp Nou but Liverpool have no interest in parting with their coveted playmaker with the start of their new campaign just one day away. "I turned 50 in the summer and I forget things", he said. Liverpool could be strong, but then they could end up with a grumpy player that doesn't really want to commit for them.

Although it is very hard for any player to turn down the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Nicol has demanded that his former club to stand firm and not sell their prized asset.

Klopp expressed his sentiments to United Kingdom outlets that Coutinho will stay at Anfield because he is part of his plan this season with the club keen to navigate a tricky Champions League playoff round tie with German club Hoffenheim.

The player himself is said to have been exemplary in his attitude of late and outlets have recently claimed he has done everything asked of him by manager Jürgen Klopp in an effort to keep the spirits high in the dressing room. However, no team will be mentioned in the history books without adequate silverware, which makes it all the more important for Klopp to play his cards right this season, so that he can add to his Capital one cup trophy from his tenure at Merseyside so far. Incredible player - and now they got some defenders as well. It sends off a bad message to the continent that Liverpool are below elite standing on the European stage, plus it undermines Klopp's own sentiments that the Brazilian isn't for sale at any price.

UPDATE: Liverpool have since come out and denied that Coutinho has handed in a transfer request.


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