Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier thinks Liverpool should “do the right thing” and let Philippe Coutinho join La Liga giants Barcelona.
Speculation has been increasing in recent weeks that Barcelona will try and tempt Coutinho to Anfield with a reported bid of £72million already turned down.
A report in the Daily Mirror late Saturday night claims that the Catalans are preparing an improved £80million offer to test the Reds’ resolve.
Some Liverpool supporters have been urging Southampton to let Virgil van Dijk leave for Anfield and now they are likely to be keen on seeing Coutinho remain.
And Le Tissier, a big Saints fan, couldn’t help himself on Sunday morning with a cheeky tweet asking Liverpool to give the Brazilian the move he “deserves”.
Hope Liverpool do the right thing and let Coutinho join Barca so he doesn't have to go on strike, he deserves a move to a club like that ?
— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) July 23, 2017
He tweeted: “Hope Liverpool do the right thing and let Coutinho join Barca so he doesn’t have to go on strike, he deserves a move to a club like that.”
Of course the Liverpool fans were quick to respond to his comments with some banter of their own.
But Sir, Liverpool are not a feeder club like Soton. ????
— ?SCOUSE_ED_YNWA? (@edmunyari) July 23, 2017
Some people really don't have a sense of humour, do they ?
— alison palmer (@alipal69) July 23, 2017
He doesnot need to because he can play championsleague with us. VVD talent deserves to be in ucl.!
— ADEEL ABBASI (@LFC_ABBASI) July 23, 2017
Liverpool are bigger than Barcelona though. Coutinho happy unlike VVD
— David Jones (@jones_parry) July 23, 2017
No comparison at all between this and the Virgil thing. Can Southampton offer champs league football?
— William C (@willcarr82) July 23, 2017
Do you mean an elite club with a such a stature that they can wear this on their Champions League sleeves. pic.twitter.com/WjzbcFzaYs
— Boro (@pboro5times) July 23, 2017
I just hope if VVD leaves, Southampton fans show him the same respect that Liverpool fans show Raheem Sterling….oh wait ?
— David Shaw (@DavidShaw91) July 23, 2017