Liverpool were right to reject Philippe Coutinho from a moral viewpoint

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to The Telegraph, Liverpool rejected the opportunity to re-sign their former No.10 Philippe Coutinho as part of a £100m package.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Reds made no significant signings following their sixth major European Cup win in Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards oversaw the arrivals of Adrian to replace Simon Mignolet, whilst teenage duo Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg also arrived.

Coutinho would’ve certainly been a significant arrival given his pedigree in the game, despite the recent turbulence he has had to endure at Barcelona after a disappointing campaign last term.

Liverpool were right to reject him from a moral viewpoint

Taking great care in not contradicting myself, it was previously argued that the Brazil international would be a good addition primarily for footballing reasons given the lack of creativity in Klopp’s current midfield, and that point is stood by.

Having said that, the decision to reject Coutinho was the correct one from an off-pitch perspective, a viewpoint focusing more on morality rather than what happens on the field of play.

The 27-year-old acted unforgivably in forcing a move away from Anfield back in 2018.

Where do I even start?

Coutinho firstly handed in a transfer request, which is a fairly normal occurrence in the game but still not one that sits right with supporters.

However, after that, the former Inter Milan man appeared to fake a back injury in order not to play for Liverpool, an issue which had magically disappeared by the time it came to international duty with Brazil.

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In addition to this, the 5 foot 8 midfielder even paid a chunk of his £142m transfer to Barcelona out of his own pocket, parting with £11.5m in order to force the move away from Anfield.

His conduct in leaving the Reds was despicable, and whilst he is still a hugely talented footballer who would improve most sides, Liverpool were correct to rebuff the chance to sign him for moral reasons above all.

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