The story of ‘Luis Muriel to LFC’ and how media wrongly copied one tweet

There are some things in life that are made for each other; wine and cheese, Shankly and Liverpool FC… twitter and the transfer rumour mill

This is the story of how one tweet can lead to the mainstream media completely inaccurately reporting interest in a player. Read on.

Earlier this week, journalist Rory Smith of The Times was answering questions to supporters on his twitter account when he was asked about Udinese forward Luis Muriel.

Smith responded to say that “they [Liverpool] looked at him”.


Instantly, tweets from over-eager Liverpool fans proclaimed how Liverpool were “looking at Luis Muriel” and cited Smith as the source.

So, within minutes, Smith tweeted to clarify that he “didn’t say he’s [Muriel] being considered as a replacement for Suarez”.


Too late. The “ITK’ accounts and tabloid media aren’t as clever to actually check such things.

Within hours The Express were the first to bite and proclaim the Luis Muriel to replace Luis Suarez story.

They claimed “reports in Italy”, of which of course there were none.

Next up were The Daily Star and then Football Italia.

Then The Liverpool Echo publish the stories in their ‘Rumour Mill‘. So not The Echo themselves actually reporting it, but again, too late, twitter accounts immediately started tweeting how The Echo were reporting Muriel to Liverpool. They weren’t.


So, there you have it, how one tweet – even despite clarification to the contrary – can lead to national newspapers reporting absolute falsities. And how mainstream tabloids are using twitter as their source for information.

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  • anteater

    Thanks for this. Your article may help some people realising how silly all this transfer rumour stuff is. And how few of the journalists deserve to actually call themselves one. What you described above is pure mass hysteria. Hardly a good thing, is it.

  • disgustedred

    The Express is one of the worst for plagiarising and getting hold of the wrong end of the big stick, closely followed by the Mail, Mirror, Sun, and now the broadsheets are getting as bad.

    • CARR71

      please keep your language clean some swear words are exceptable the sun is not one of them

      • disgustedred

        I didn’t say The *** , I just used the generic term for a bright yellow orb that resides in space Which in turn can also be called a S**r. I do wish these rags would stop naming themselves after heavenly bodies.

        • CARR71

          thanks for clearing that up

  • Redblooded Male

    Suarez’s replacement won’t be as good as Muriel. We’ll end up with someone like Cameron Jerome, Di Santo or Odemwingie

  • Razen

    The same twitter you relied on for Mkhitaryan transfer news. Seems you’ve learnt a lesson.

  • ubermick

    Oi! Did someone nick my rant from the Albert?!?!

  • Luis

    Don’t believe anything until a player is photographed wearing a shirt holding the scarf but there’s nothing else to debate about on forums during close season, and everyone loves transfer deadline day don’t they………..?

  • CARR71

    cheers for your imput bet you cannot wait for the school holidays to finish get back to teaching english,

  • Abyss

    Tabloid newspapers are one thing, but why would anyone ever take Twitter seriously? Such a bad source of information on transfer rumors.