It’s not often we take time to praise the Catalan media.
Throughout the summer, they reported on the Coutinho to Barcelona saga without using facts.
They consistently told readers a deal was done, when Liverpool’s ‘Not For Sale’ position never once actually changed.
But today, we’re saluting journalist Miguel Rico who’s written a fair piece of analysis for Mundo Deportivo, translated by the excellent Sport Witness.
He states that Barcelona’s indication that they’ll attempt to sign Coutinho in January has gone down with Liverpool’s owners FSG like a lead balloon.
According to his article, FSG are ‘annoyed’ at the ‘reckless’ nature of Barca’s approach and media handling, while Sport Witness suggest the ‘damage is surely already done,’ in terms of our relationship with the Spanish giants.
Liverpool repeatedly informed Barca over the summer that no bid for our Brazilian, who signed a five year contract extension in January, would be accepted.
So the manner in which they’ve disrespected our request means if we were to eventually offload Phil, fans would rather it be anywhere than Camp Nou.
Rico reckons FSG may feel the same, stating a January deal is very unlikely.
Coutinho has been performing excellently for Liverpool all season, despite his transfer request before our first game.
He’s notched four goals and has three assists from six starts.
Long may it continue.