BREAKING: 'On demand' Liverpool ace hands in transfer request

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has reportedly handed in a transfer request after the club released a statement on Friday morning stating that he would be remaining at the club beyond the summer.

It's all kicking off in Merseyside. Friday morning saw Fenway Sports Group (Liverpool owners) release the following statement regarding Philippe Coutinho's future at the club:

-We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho. the statement reads on their official website.

-The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.

But now, according to Sky Sports, the Brazilian has handed in a formal transfer request to leave the club. 

Barcelona, who are interested in signing the Brazilian international, have now been put on red alert after their £90m bid was rejected earlier this week. The Catalan giants consider Coutinho a possible replacement for departed ace Neymar. 

More to follow...