Fenway Sports Group today issued a statement on Philippe Coutinho’s future at the club.
In a very short announcement on the club’s official website, Fenway Sports Group confirmed that Philippe Coutinho is going nowhere this summer.
The statement reads: “We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.
“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.”
The shortness of the statement perhaps aids the authority of Liverpool’s statement and if there was any doubt surrounding the Brazilian’s future, that should have been dealt with quite nicely now.
Philippe Coutinho has been absent from training for the last week and missed the club’s final pre-season friendly against Athletic Bilbao in Dublin.
His absence fuelled the fire that was speculation over his future. Fans doubted that “a sore back” would keep him out for so long but after FSG’s statement, the injury now seems less fictional.
Liverpool take on Watford tomorrow in the first game of the 2017/18 Premier League season and although Coutinho is likely to miss the clash, supporters are hopeful that he’ll return to training in time to play against Hoffenheim on Tuesday in the Reds’ Champions League qualifier.
This week, Liverpool rejected a bid of £90.3 million from Barcelona and although that should have hinted at the club’s stance on the matter, fans were still worried about a repeat of the Luis Suarez saga.
However, supporters can now rest easy that Coutinho will remain a Liverpool player and await his return to fitness.