Liverpool have rejected Barcelona’s third bid for midfielder Philippe Coutinho, worth €125 million (£114.2 million), in a big statement of intent.
The Liga side saw their latest approach rebuffed on Friday afternoon, a week after Coutinho handed in a formal transfer request.
Having previously turned down offers of £72 million and £90.4 million, this latest development underlines Liverpool’s resolve in keeping Coutinho, despite his desire to leave.
With the club’s owners the subject of widespread criticism for the Reds’ lack of transfer activity in recent weeks, this serves as a positive step.
And this was reflected in supporters’ reactions to the failed bid on social media.
FSG when they received Barcelona's latest offer for Coutinho pic.twitter.com/MXwzSMN0mV
— Klopp (@BundesligaLFC) August 18, 2017
113m turned down for Phillipe Coutinho, gobsmacked
— Gray (@jackcleggmcr) August 18, 2017
Respect to FSG for rejecting such a monstrous amount for Coutinho, seemingly without even a hint of temptation to do anything otherwise.
— Ben (@bm12s) August 18, 2017
The latest from FSG HQ as Barcelona's £114m bid for Coutinho arrives… pic.twitter.com/kiAqC92Tkd
— Carl (@Carl_M79) August 18, 2017
“FSG deserving of some credit for sticking by their guns.”
– rupzzz on the forums.
Statement from owners saying not for sale regardless of price last week. Proving it by turning down bid today #Coutinho
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) August 18, 2017
I'll give you £80m for him. Not for sale. What about £90m? Not for sale. I'll give you £114m. Not for sale. Getting the idea yet Barca? #LFC
— Si Steers (@sisteers) August 18, 2017
“Good. Reject all bids.”
– James Casey on Facebook.
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) August 18, 2017
— Paul (Maych) Machin (@ThePaulMachin) August 18, 2017
"Those bastard owners, don't care about the club, just want the money."
Can the FSG out lads stop that shite now? https://t.co/LO1Fhjp0Rw
— Ian Salmon (@IanRSalmon) August 18, 2017
“Good – finally the club has shown it’s got more balls than just footballs. Now stop sulking lad and do what you are paid 150k a week for!”
– David Donnelly on Facebook.
Right stance. Like Arsenal/Sanchez. This a market where selling top players has come to look stupid (Matic) and you can't buy replacements. https://t.co/4DPYJKOo9V
— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) August 18, 2017
Fair to play @LFC standing firm with Coutinho?
— Miles (@miles_lfc8) August 18, 2017
Barcelona's timing is no mere coincidence. A new Coutinho bid on the eve of another Liverpool fixture. Forever classless.
— Aaron Cutler (@aaron_cutler) August 18, 2017
“Pep Segura looks like a mighty fool right now.”
– Fullmetal on the forums.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) August 18, 2017
“Keep him. We deserve at least a year of his genius.”
– Jeremy Traite on Facebook.
— Sam Gleed (@SamGleed) August 18, 2017
That should hopefully end Barcelona's interest. With that Coutinho can get back to training and performing to the highest level..
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) August 18, 2017
Huge bid that. Fantastic club said no. Hopefully that puts a lid on it now and Barca move on and we can quickly get Phil back in the team
— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) August 18, 2017
“Keep him and believe me he will turn to monster on the pitch in order to show his angerness and in the end it will benefit us the LFC.”
– Kerul Kerul Keful on Facebook.
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) August 18, 2017
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