We’re not sure this story has any truth in at all, but thought we’d summarise it anyway as speaking about last night’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester anymore is too depressing…
German outlet Bild, notorious for being economic with the truth in regards to transfer rumours, claim that Liverpool would have sold Coutinho to Barcelona – if we’d managed to sign Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller instead.
But when we enquired about the 27-year-old forward, Bayern told us in no uncertain terms that he wasn’t for sale – so we reportedly decided that we similarly wouldn’t sell Coutinho for any price either.
We doubt this story for a few reasons. Firstly, Muller doesn’t play in Coutinho’s position. He’s a forward or a second forward and has regularly played on the right, too.
This term for Liverpool, Coutinho’s going to play centrally as part of a midfield three – not a position Muller would be able to slot into.
Secondly, we were absolutely adamant from Day One that we wouldn’t let Coutinho go, as demonstrated by our immediate rejections of Barca’s various offers.
The 25-year-old is back in the Liverpool team now and will be an automatic starter when fit and healthy. We’re in a bad run of form though and badly need to turn it around or we’ll risk throwing away the season before it’s properly begun.