Today, Duncan Castles claimed that Coutinho is engaging in what can only be described as a ‘training ground protest,’ in an attempt to force through a move to Barcelona from Liverpool.
The journalist made the claims in Yahoo Sport, claiming that Coutinho has held two private chats with Jurgen Klopp, begging Liverpool’s boss to let him go.
He went on to report:
“Coutinho is doing little in training,” said one source. “He wants to ensure he gets his move.” The forward was omitted from Liverpool’s 23-man squad for Saturday’s friendly victory over Athletic Bilbao with what the Premier League club officially described as “a sore back”.
Here at Empire of the Kop, we’re having none of it.
Firstly, Castles reports almost solely on Manchester clubs, notably United – and would not have the inside track on Melwood proceedings – ahead of say, Pearce, Reddy, Bascombe and co.
Secondly, Klopp gave his squad two days off following Saturday’s Athletic Bilbao win, so, when exactly could he have shown ‘little interest’ if everyone’s been off?!
Thirdly, it’s been reported by reputable sources that Coutinho will only leave if it can be done ‘amicably’. There’s nothing ‘amicable’ about training ground protests and consistent moaning to the manager.
Fourthly, and perhaps most importantly, Liverpool have been absolutely unwavering in their stance on Coutinho. He’s not for sale at any price. LFC correspondent Melissa Reddy reminded us of this a few hours ago.
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 8, 2017
If this wasn’t enough, there’s obvious reasons why it would be stupid for Liverpool to allow Coutinho to exit now even if Castles’ claims are true. (They aren’t…)
1) We have no time to find an adequate replacement.
2) FSG will face a riot if they accept a bid.
3) Coutinho has five years on his deal and we’re under no pressure to sell.
4) His value will go up before next summer, so if we are planning to eventually cash in, it would be foolish to do so now.
5) The player has no intention of cutting ties with Liverpool fans, who he’s described as ‘a family’ and Klopp has sold his vision for our short and long-term future.
As you were!