Guillem Balague gives update on Liverpool's Coutinho after Barcelona chief comments

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Suarez, who played for Barcelona between 1955 to 1961 has urged Valverde's men to fight together, irrespective of whether or not there will be new players added to the squad in the final two weeks of the summer transfer window.

Pep Segura, Barca's general manager, said negotiations with Liverpool for Brazilian playmaker Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund over a deal for promising French winger Dembele could be finalised within days. "We are hopeful that they will end up wearing the Barca shirt".

"With Naby Keita, maybe Liverpool have thought if we can get him for £60m, let's do it as we think he improves our team", Townsend said.

The Brazil global did not travel with the squad for Tuesday's Champions League playoff first leg at Hoffenheim, with Klopp saying in Germany the player "cannot play for Liverpool in this moment".

"We were shocked. It was something new for all of us", he told Bild.

JURGEN KLOPP HAS confirmed that Philippe Coutinho will miss Liverpool's Premier League tie with Crystal Palace on Saturday through injury, amid intense Barcelona transfer interest. It is not always easy for me to say the 100 per cent truth - even though I don't like to lie - but it is exactly how I say it because that is how it is in the moment, nothing else'.

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet was partially at fault for Watford's late equaliser last weekend but he made a vital penalty save during the Champions League win at Hoffenheim in midweek and Klopp is expected to stick with the Belgian worldwide on Saturday. "But, how always after injuries, you have to wait how the player is reacting with this intensity".

"But when I asked the medical department how he is doing, there was no complaints".

However, Barcelona are reportedly set to test Liverpool's resolve by launching a huge £118million offer for Coutinho.

I have nothing to say about his attitude.

"[Philippe] Coutinho still hasn't trained, he's still injured", Klopp said, referring to the back problem that hasn't sounded particularly convincing. If we are involved in this busy day, I don't know.

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