Philippe Coutinho wants to leave Liverpool for for Barcelona?

Will Roberto Firminio get on the scoresheet against his former team Hoffenheim on Tuesday night

Philippe Coutinho is in the news yet again, this time for having seen a transfer request to try force a move to Barcelona get shot down by Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has asked his team to improve on their performance after a 3-3 draw against Watford at the Vicarage Road Stadium.

Barcelona is looking for a replacement for Neymar, who was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of 222 million euros ($262 million) last week.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request that has been rejected by the club, Press Association Sport understands.

"If they don't sell him, then I am not involved any more".

"If we sell a player, or don't sell him, then I must accept it".

Yet Liverpool were hit by another sucker punch just three minutes later, as they failed to clear a low cross by Tom Cleverley which left midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure with a simple tap-in.

"I can't keep players happy". "I had to prepare for a match (watch from 6:00 below). All the rest is just between me and all the boys, not just Phil".

"That can happen on the first matchday, we have to adapt to these things", mused Klopp, not sounding entirely convincing. How can it change something for me?

"I had no time to think about it today because that's how it is with all other players who are not available", Klopp said of the situation surrounding the Brazilian.

"I have said what the club's decision is about this and now you can read it - that is maybe the only difference".

"You have to ask them".

Klopp said he was also a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League play-off first leg at Hoffenheim as he had "not been in training since last Friday".

Roberto Firmino's penalty and a debut goal from Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead early in the second half. I think part of the problem here is that you have to be realistic about these transfers, if he wants to go he wants to go.

A new season should have brought a blank slate for Liverpool's set-piece defending.

Watford began the encounter impressive by giving the Reds flurry of attacks before a defensive gaffe gave them the first goal in the 8th minutes through Stefano Okaka.

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