Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Watford strike late to hold Liverpool to thrilling 3-3 draw

Watford strike late to hold Liverpool to thrilling 3-3 draw

At 1pm on Friday Sky Sports News revealed Coutinho had handed in a transfer request, with Liverpool confirming they had received, and rejected, the request an hour later.

Klopp remained adamant the Liverpool owners' stance on Coutinho was final when speaking in his pre-match press conference yesterday - ahead of the club's Premier League opener against Watford today. That decide, for example, just in general, if we sell a player or we don't sell him.

"We're not a selling club so they're going to do everything in their power for him to stay. I hope of course that we will win the game, that's the most important thing in the first game".

"I think it's a fair result".

"I have to accept decisions from the owners, that's how it is, and sometimes from the players".

Fenway Sports Group released a statement on Friday insisting the player was not for sale at any price and Coutinho responded by making a formal transfer request.

"I've said it already a few times, but maybe it's not been 100% clear, but now you can read it - maybe that's the difference!"

Senegal worldwide Mane equalised for Liverpool in the 29th minute after a delightful interchange with Emre Can before unleashing a shot to the top-right hand corner.

Watford managed to hold Liverpool 3-3 in a thrilling encounter at Vicarage road on Saturday.

"You'll have to ask the club".

"I don't see any way the club would let Coutinho go".

Coutinho's actions are a surprise, because when players officially ask to leave, they usually prefer to do it through their representatives.

A fully-fit Emre Can believes Liverpool's vibrant and enthusiastic dressing room can generate a positive start to the Premier League season.

"Again we talk about set pieces, we need to be better", Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said. He was a bit too much on the wing, we spoke about it (at half-time) and in the second half he was much better.

Borussia Dortmund said on Thursday it turned down a bid from Barcelona for France forward Ousmane Dembele, who subsequently missed a training session with the German club.

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