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Summary

  1. Coutinho is strongly linked with a move to Barcelona
  2. Liverpool rejected a £90m bid from the La Liga giants last week
  3. The Brazilian is left out of Liverpool's squad to face Hoffenheim
  4. GET INVOLVED: What do you think of the Coutinho situation? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

Anyway, that is that from us. Sorry we couldn't provide you with any seismic news.

Your thoughts on Coutinho saga

#bbcsportsday

Jon Evans: Lfc need to learn how to let players go. Set a price, not hold captive. They are getting a bad rep for holding players.

Road Ahead: Liverpool have had a whole window to improve the team and havent what makes anyone think Klopp would get the money to invest?

Box office

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

Good to see that presser moved things on... :)

'I can't influence what happens with Coutinho'

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson asked whether he can influence Coutinho because he is captain: "If I have conversations with Phil it's private. I don't think I can influence the situation. Everything that happens has nothing to do with me."

Your thoughts on Coutinho saga

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Dan Pinch: Klopp is no idiot, he knows as well as every single Liverpool supporter that Coutinho will leave. Cash in, bolster the squad

Aaron Bonsell: The money they get can be spent on 2 new signings or a world class midfielder

'We want Coutinho to stay'

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

Reds skipper Jordan Henderson: "It's a difficult situation for Phil. But as players we are focused. During the transfer windows you expect movement of players coming in and out but you focus on the task.

"We want Phil to stay because he's world class. Ask anybody in the team and they want him to stay."

Predictable

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

That's that for Klopp. It's time for skipper Jordan Henderson to chat to the press which is a mix of English and German newshounds.

So nothing startling about Coutinho. A mixture of scenario 1 and scenario 2 (see 16:45 BST). It's oh so predictable.

'I won't say anything more on Coutinho'

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asked against about Coutinho: "I have nothing to say on that. I am here, but I work with the players I have. I don't think of the players I don't have. I've said everything I will say about it."

Strange question

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asked about what people of Liverpool think of playing Hoffenheim: "I don't know how the Liverpool fans perceive playing a club like Hoffenheim.

"I already knew the team but I haven't spoken to anybody in Liverpool about how what they think about the city of Hoffenheim."

'We know all about Hoffenheim'

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "I'm not interested in the experience, or lack of it, of Hoffenheim.

"We have been together for 20 months and we always try to give good analysis to the players. We make sure they know about the opponents. We have opponents who are confident and aggressive. We know their qualities."

'Nothing has changed regarding Coutinho'

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "Nothing has changed in last few days. Not on this side or on the other side.

"He's not available for us at the moment. He cannot play for Liverpool at this moment [back injury]. As you can imagine that's quite a blow. We've known this a few days. Like we have to prepare without Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge."

'We've been looking forward to this'

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "When we celebrated the fourth place we were told we were seeded. Then we saw who we could get. We've been looking forward to this for three months.

"The difficulty of the game and challenge is all clear. We know a lot about Hoffenheim that we can know."

No questions on Coutinho yet...

Minutes away from Klopp (and the latest on Coutinho)

The Rhein-Neckar Arena. 🇩🇪

The Rhein-Neckar Arena. 🇩🇪

Possible scenarios:

1) Jurgen Klopp: "I will not answer any questions on players not in the squad"

2) Jurgen Klopp: "I have no more information on Philippe, other than he still is suffering from a back injury."

3) Jurgen Klopp: "Yup, he's a goner."

Let's see what Liverpool's German manager has to say about Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho with regards to his possible move to Barcelona.

He's up at about now...

'You cannot turn Barca down'

MOTD2 Extra

West Ham winger Michail Antonio says he sympathises with Philippe Coutinho's dilemma at Liverpool.

Coutinho submitted a transfer request, hours after the Premier League club released a statement saying he is not for sale.

"As a player you cannot turn Barcelona down," added Antonio on MOTD2 Extra.

"If Barca come knocking, you go. I feel Liverpool are doing the right thing for the club because he is their best player and he does make things happen from nothing. They are standing their ground but then again would you want a player who doesn't want to be at the club?

Liverpool's credibility 'on the line'

MOTD2 Extra

Jason Burt, chief football correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, says Liverpool's owners could come under fire from fans if Philippe Coutinho leaves for Barcelona.

Liverpool released a statement on Friday insisting the player was not for sale only for Coutinho to submit a transfer request.

"Liverpool's owners have made such a statement that their credibility is on the line with the supporters," added Burt on MOTD2 Extra.

"The problem is if you go so strong and say you're not selling him and then you do sell him, I think it's a long way back with some of the supporters."

Was the seat next to you meant for Coutinho?

Liverpool

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Chris Jones: Saturday proved we can attack without Coutinho - let him go and get some defence!

In case you were wondering where Huth was...

The Leicester defender has recovered from ankle surgery and is taking part in a U23 match.

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Rico signs new Sevilla deal

Sergio Rico
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Spain keeper Sergio Rico has signed an extension to his contract with Sevilla that will keep him at the La Liga club until 2021.

The 23-year-old has made 129 first-team appearances and helped Sevilla to win two Europa League titles in 2015 and 2016.

Pundits on Coutinho

Coutinho move is now or never - football pundits

Coutinho to sign for Barcelona this week?

Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona plan to announce the signings of Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho on Thursday.

Are Liverpool fans braced for what appears to be the inevitable?

Garth Crooks' team of the week

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Just in case you're one of the small handful that hasn't checked out our Garth's first TOTW of the 2017-18...

His words of wisdom can be found here.

Man Utd are the early PL leaders

Manchester United

Good to start new season with a win #MUFC

Good to start new season with a win #MUFC

A far more flattering photo.

Ex-Spurs Paulinho to sign for Barcelona

Paulinho
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Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Brazil and ex-Tottenham midfielder Paulinho from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for 40m euros (£36.4m).

It is Barcelona's first signing since they sold striker Neymar to Paris St-Germain for a world record £200m.

Paulinho, now 29, joined Tottenham for £17m from Corinthians in 2013 and moved to China two years later.

He will undergo a medical in Spain on Thursday with a a view to completing the move the same day.

More here.

Echoes of Payet

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Middlesbrough keeper on MOTD2 Extra

What's happening with Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool is similar to the situation at West Ham last season with Dimitri Payet.

You had a player who wanted to leave and the club said no. I'm not saying Coutinho will do the same thing that Payet did.

Coutinho's future?

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Kyle: Let Coutinho go. If he doesn't want to play for the club then the effort and desire won't be there. Then bring in Sigurdsson

Newcastle set to sign Joselu

Saj Chowdhury

BBC Sport

Newcastle are close to completing the signing of Spanish striker Joselu from Stoke for a reported £5m.

The former Real Madrid forward signed for the Potters in 2015 but failed to make an impact at the club. He spent the 2016-17 season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna.

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Rich Kawser: Liverpool should sign Sigurdsson! Scuppers a rival, great player in the same role as Coutinho, and leaves them about £60m.

Good suggestion.

Who impressed you in the Premier League this weekend?

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Atam Adi: Morata. He's new to the EP League. Pundits still do not reckon with him. But a goal and an assist in a 9 man team? Way to go lad.

Si Hawkes: Watford were good. Structured, disciplined and played good football. The draw flattered LFC. Man Utd good, but WHU were v poor

Police make inquiries over Neil Lennon complaint

BBC Sport Scotland

Police have received complaints about Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon's conduct during his team's win over Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman was criticised by some Rangers fans for "inflammatory" actions when Simon Murray equalised for Hibs in the 21st minute.

Lennon cupped his ears and made a gesture as he celebrated.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "We have received complaints and inquiries are continuing."

Following the match, Lennon insisted he had no concerns about his behaviour.

When it was suggested Rangers assistant manager Helder Baptista had spoken to police about Lennon, he said: "I didn't make a gesture, I celebrated a goal.

"If they are unhappy about it they can come and tell me. But I shouldn't get into trouble for doing that.

"I am celebrating a goal. What way are you supposed to celebrate a goal?"

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Jay: Liverpool should let Barcelona have Coutinho for Suarez/Messi + £40m. They can also include Moreno as a deal sweetener.

That's not going to happen is it?

Coutinho not in squad for Hoffenheim match

Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho
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Not a surprise.

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho is not among the Liverpool party travelling to Germany for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim.

We can't verify whether he requested to stay behind to continue his Catalan lessons ;)

Here's the squad: Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Lovren, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can, Mane, Salah, Firmino, Kent, Solanke, Origi, Gomez, Klavan, Flanagan, Robertson, Matip, Grujic, Mignolet, Karius, Ward.

Cristiano Ronaldo latest

Cristiano Ronaldo
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You might have seen/read that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to push the referee after he was sent off in Sunday's 3-1 win over Barcelona.

There are reports suggesting that he might get a lengthy ban.

We contacted the Spanish football federation, who told us that there will be news regarding the incident on Wednesday.

Interesting.

We wanted Sandro - Bilic

West Ham United

Sandro Ramirez
Empics

West Ham revealed they were beaten to the signing of Sandro Ramirez by Everton this summer, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The Blues triggered the striker’s £5.2m release clause at Malaga and completed the deal in July.

“Ramirez from Malaga came in, he was in Barcelona and we wanted him but he chose Everton,” said Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

Man Utd for the title?

Alan Shearer

Former England striker on Match of the Day

Over the last 10 years the points average to win the league is around 87. So for Jose Mourinho to win the league this season with Manchester United, they are going to have to improve by 18 points. That's one heck of a difference. I think they have the personnel to take it one stage further.

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The Jelly Fox: If Liverpool can't hold on to Coutinho, I like the look of the Huddersfield lad - Aaron Mooy - to replace him.

Early season leaders

The Daily Star

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Another back page, another picture of Romelu Lukaku celebrating a goal.

Most managers claim they don't look at the table until several weeks into the campaign.

Yet if Jose Mourinho did dare to look he would find Manchester United at the summit on goal difference after the 4-0 destruction of West Ham.

What is going on at Chelsea?

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Martin Burgess-Moon: Are there many "criminals" that earn nearly £200k a week?

W H: Chelsea board just shocking. What is going on in my club? This is going to be one crazy season and the blame game has started.

Caio Muaco: As much as Antonio Conte is a champion coach, the Chelsea squad this season doesn't look great. We are in trouble.

'I've been treated like a criminal'

Chelsea

A multi-millionaire, adored by thousands, yet Diego Costa believes he has been treated like a "criminal" by Chelsea and wants to re-join Atletico Madrid.

The striker, 28, last played for the Blues in the FA Cup final in May, and was sent a text in June by boss Antonio Conte telling him he would not be part of the squad for next season.

"Why won't they let me go if they don't want me?" Costa told the Daily Mail from Brazil where he has remained.

"I have to do what I have to do. I have to think of myself. I've been a good boy here and tried to do the right thing. My desire is to go to Atletico."

Read more on this story here.

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Not one for the family album

The Times

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Not a front page to be proud about if your name is Jonjo Shelvey.