Liverpool legend: Coutinho should have showed some respect

Date published: Sunday 3rd September 2017 7:42

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes that Philippe Coutinho should have announced that he was staying for another year like Luis Suarez did in 2013.

Coutinho decided to hand a transfer request in at Anfield in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona but the Reds stood firm and rejected three bids for their midfielder.

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Souness, who played well over 200 times for Liverpool, thinks the Merseysiders should have taken the money for the wantaway Brazil international.

“I would have accepted an offer in excess of £100m for [Coutinho],” Souness told The Sunday Times.

“I know Paris Saint-Germain have paid £198m for Neymar and another £166m for Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, for his potential as an 18-year-old, but I would argue that for that sort of money they have to be game-changers on a regular basis. I would have taken Barcelona’s offer.

“You would like to think, given that the boy signed a five-year contract only in January, he would have some respect for Liverpool.

“The common sense way would have been for him to turn round, so it was coming from his mouth, and say: ‘I’ll stay another year.’

“That would have been doing the right thing by the club and the club doing the right thing by him, as happened with [Luis] Suarez.”

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