We’ve been utterly adamant for the past month that Liverpool will not sell Coutinho, based on noises coming out of the club and basic common sense…
But over the past few days, ‘fake news’ has circled the world – most notably from Spain – which has essentially already confirmed Coutinho’s £120m Barcelona transfer.
According to various stories in ESPN, Yahoo Sport and multiple Spanish outlets, Barca’s delegates have travelled to England, have settled upon a fee an the player is on the verge of being unveiled.
But it’s complete tosh. None of this has happened. Liverpool rejected one bid a month back and have not been in discussions since – 100% clear on our stance that the Brazilian is not for sale under any circumstances.
James Pearce of the Echo is as equally bemused as we are, and via this podcast – went on this rant that we admire very much!
“I don’t think I’ve ever known such contrasting reports (Catalan media vs people in Liverpool). The people at Liverpool are adamant there are no talks now. No change in position. There have been no talks between #LFC and Barca since the first bid in Hong Kong which was rejected. I just don’t see a position that LFC can justify selling Coutinho this window. Barca’s confidence stems from having 200m to burn. To sell Coutinho now would massively undermine Klopp. You couldn’t adequately replace Coutinho, it would undermine Klopp and be a hammer blow before the start of the season. My only worry with Coutinho is if he’s got Barca in his ear telling him “This is your one and only chance.” I don’t think that would be the case, I think they will be probably be back in for him next Summer where LFC may be more willing. He’s not the type to kick up a fuss and I don’t see him doing so. Its just ludicrous (regarding Duncan Castles reporting a training protest). He’s a different personality to Suarez. He’s kept his council, he hasn’t spoken. If there was a fee agreed, he’d jump at the chance. I don’t think we’ll ever find ourselves with a situation where Coutinho does a VVD. The only way LFC’s stance may alter is if he does do a “VVD”.”
So.. there you have it. How can Liverpool even consider selling?
It makes no sense in football or business terms and the idea that Coutinho will go on strike is preposterous.
When these fabricated stories, aimed solely at unsettling the player by outlets with an agenda, we’ll continue to knock them down.