We actually scoffed when we saw this story in Spanish newspaper Sport…
Without any irony, they’re claiming that Coutinho’s family has met him in Brazil and the scene is ‘like a funeral’, with ‘nobody laughing or speaking’, after he finally accepted he’s not going to get his dream move to Barcelona.
The report is roughly translated and summarised in this tweet, by @stufflfc:
Coutinho’s parents are arriving at Brazil’s training camp via taxi and the atmosphere is thought to be that of a funeral. #lfc [Sport]
— lfcstuff (@stuffIfc) August 31, 2017
There’s plenty of bad things going on in the world, but missing out on a summer switch to Barcelona, when you’re already a multimillionaire and have a happy family life in the brilliant city of Liverpool, isn’t one of them.
Coutinho will now have no choice but to start behaving like a man, a professional, and like somebody who owes his wonderful career largely to his current employers.
The more we hear about Phil’s behaviour this summer, the more we wish we’d got rid and bought Thomas Lemar instead – but neither move is going to happen at this late hour.
Instead, our previously loved no.10 needs to sort his head out and start doing what he’s paid to do for Liverpool. Nothing else will be acceptable upon his return.