It is very easy for football fans to get swept up into the drama of the summer transfer window, and on this occasion, some Liverpool fans got ahead of themselves.
The Reds have only signed one new player this summer, in the form of midfielder Fabinho from Monaco.
Naby Keita moved to Anfield from RB Leipzig last week, but his deal was already signed and sealed a year ago.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has been linked to numerous players in the transfer gossip pages, but one rumour in particular caught the eye.
On July 5, Tuttomercatoweb reported that Liverpool were considering launching an offer for Juventus star Paulo Dybala.
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The report suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival would affect his new teammate’s position in the squad.
Dybala’s quality is world class, but Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce has stopped fans from getting too excited.
The reporter claimed on Tuesday that Liverpool have no interest in the Argentina international.
Unsurprisingly, disgruntled fans took aim at Pearce on Twitter.
Why must you do this to us James?
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) July 10, 2018
Bad news Pearce back at it pic.twitter.com/Ncid5drmF4
— Thomas ??????? (@SonicSadio) July 10, 2018
Here we go! I knew it! We were just waiting your negative response ?? #LFC
— Nasra Ali (@afrika5uk) July 10, 2018
LET US DREAM FFS JAMES
— Rajan (@LfcRajan_) July 10, 2018
When’s the last time you had an inside scoop on someone who was actually coming in? ?
— Sànchez (@Hamiddd24) July 10, 2018
Can always rely on James Pearce to bring us back down to earth ?
— Luke Harris (@LukeHarris317) July 10, 2018
Thank you James, the killer of dreams.?
— Adam. (@AdamMeredith17) July 10, 2018
All you give us is negatives
— Ray Cox (@raycox3785) July 10, 2018
James the bubble destroyer???
— Oreva (@Dauntless_Ansel) July 10, 2018