Liverpool hit back at Barca over Coutinho's claim

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 03/09/2017

Liverpool hit back at Barca over Coutinho's claim

English Premier League side Liverpool have denied Barcelona's claim that they wanted 200m euros (£183m) for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool turned down three offers from the Spanish side for Coutinho, who had made a transfer request, and maintained the 25-year-old was not for sale.

Barcelona director Albert Soler accused the Reds of putting that valuation on the Brazilian on the final day of the Spanish transfer window on Friday.

"Liverpool were asking for 200m and logically we didn't accept that. We thank the player for the efforts he made, because he did make a big effort and showed he wanted to play for us. The situation ended as it ended and there is nothing else we can do." said Soler at a news conference on Saturday

The Anfield club responded to Barcelona's claim as "absolutely false", according to BBC Sports.

Barcelona wanted Coutinho after selling his Brazil team-mate Neymar to Paris St-Germain for a world record fee of £200m.

Liverpool said Coutinho was not for sale and rejected bids of £72m, £90m and one in the region of £114m prior to the deadline in Spain, which closed a day later than in England.

Coutinho, who scored 14 goals last season and spent six weeks out with an ankle injury, signed a new five-year deal at Anfield in January which did not include a release clause.