The Brazilian midfielder has officially asked to leave the club on Friday, according to multiple reliable journalists who cover Liverpool.
Coutinho has now informed #LFC that he wants to leave— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 11, 2017
Phil Coutinho has now officially asked to leave #LFC— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 11, 2017
Philippe Coutinho has asked to leave Liverpool.— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 11, 2017
This obviously changes everything, and this was the least expected development. Absolutely nobody expected Coutinho to request a transfer given his love for the club, but Barcelona was his preferred destination from the beginning, so seeing the club make multiple offers for him convinced Coutinho that the Catalan giants want to sign him this summer.
Things should move on quickly from this point, and it might not take long for Coutinho to be a Blaugrana. Let’s wait for further developments.