With Liverpool having rejected a £72 million bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, the Reds can draw inspiration from RB Leipzig in their defiance of the Catalonians, writes Paul Joyce.

Barcelona have tested Liverpool’s resolve once so far, with an €80 million (£72m) bid for Phil Coutinho and more is expected to come. The Spanish giants were only testing the waters and would have expected the offer to be rejected out of hand as it was by the Reds.

Yet, as Paul Joyce writes, Liverpool’s “blueprint” for defying Barcelona can be found close at hand with RB Leipzig’s battle to keep Naby Keïta evidence of how mega money offers can be ignored.

The Germans have already rejected two bids worth £57 million and £66 million respectively and with a £71 million bid having been submitted, it remains to be seen if Leipzig will cave in.

However, all the available evidence would suggest no such crumbling in resolve is imminent and this is what Liverpool should seek to emulate in their bid to hold onto Philippe Coutinho, according to Paul Joyce.

Joyce is curious as to how Coutinho will have reacted to being bid for by Barcelona as he must surely be aware of such an offer. Furthermore, the Times’ reporter is interested in the fact that the La Liga runners up would not have bid purely for the sake of it.

“It is also rare for a club to table an offer for a player in the modern era of transfers without a guarantee of some interest that the target would make the move,” writes Joyce.

Based on this, it will certainly be a test of Liverpool’s resolve to hold onto Coutinho when another bid comes in as expected.

Especially after Jürgen Klopp publicly stated that Liverpool are not a selling club and that Coutinho is not for sale.

While not only detrimental to the dynamic of the team, losing Coutinho would be a horrific scenario for future situations where Liverpool want to hold onto key players.

It will be interesting to see if RB Leipzig sell Keïta this summer but regardless of what happens there, Liverpool need to emulate the Bundesliga side’s resolve and ensure that Philippe Coutinho does not leave this summer.

When the 2017/18 season begins, the Brazilian needs to be a Liverpool player and this can only happen if both the player and club are absolutely adamant that no deal will be struck.

Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.


  1. I think the good thing is courtinho is happy playing at Liverpool. He has already stated on numerous occasions that he wants to be famous at Liverpool. When you see somewhere like Japan and the tremendous fuss they made of our players you realise just how iconic we are, and I am sure it would not be lost on Courtinho. Keita desperately wants to play for Liverpool and that is the difference between the two players, it may come as a surprise but courtinho does not want to play for Barcelona. Which really is quite an admirable way to be. We are so used to players breaking their necks to play in Spain I think it is quite refreshing that one is not interested.