Liverpool legend: Coutinho should have showed some respect

Liverpool legend: Coutinho should have showed some respect

The Spanish giants tried hard to sign the Brazilian this summer and made three bids, the last of which was £118 million.

Soler says they were not going to put the club at risk by paying the fee asked by Liverpool.

"On Friday, after weeks of offers and talks, Liverpool put a price on the player that we wanted [Coutinho]".

"The situation ended as it ended and there is nothing else we can do".

However, the La Liga outfits four attempts were all rebuffed without hesitation from the Liverpool hierarchy which led to both Barcelona and Coutinho's representatives to 'throw the towel in' as they realised no transfer would eventuate.

Soler added: "What has happened in the market this year takes us to a model of football different to the one we are used to".

Despite splashing over 190 million on five signings, most notably 105 million euros on 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele, Soler claimed Barca wouldn't be drawn into an arms race with the cash-rich Premier League and Qatar-backed PSG.

Costa wants to rejoin former club Atleti, but their transfer ban has again blocked a move, with the striker upset at being told via text message by Blues boss Antonio Conte that he is no longer required at Stamford Bridge. The feeling to have the famous Anfield Kop singing your name repeatedly and have so many people loving you.

I can't begin to imagine how amazing that must have been. The Spanish media, desperate for the story to happen, manipulated all they could.

"If Robert and I sat here and announced that we'd signed two players for €270m, we'd have crossed the line of irresponsibility and we'd have to resign". Find us on Facebook too!

Coutinho, 25, was the subject of heavy interest from Ernesto Valverde's men and had designs on swapping Merseyside for the Camp Nou this summer, but Liverpool held firm and saw fit to reject multiple offers from the Blaugrana for the Brazil international, who submitted a transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move. "It's a big surprise, but that's football".

In theory he will be available for Liverpool's next game at Manchester City next Saturday, but without him Juergen Klopp's side have impressed and he is unlikely to go straight into the team, particularly so soon after travelling back from South America.

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