Robbie Fowler compares Barca to Tour De France cyclists

LFC legend seems to have read through Barcelona’s idea behind Coutinho bid.

The Liverpool icon says he is not deceived by Barca’s out of the blue approach for the Brazilian. The former Merseyside striker insists that the La Liga club’s very public pursuit of the ‘Magician’ is simply to please their own fans, who are seemingly frustrated with Barca’s transfer activity lately.

Coutinho renewed his contract in January and Klopp made it more than obvious that The Reds will not be selling key players to anyone, yet Barca made an initial offer of £72million and are expected to come with a second improved one

“I’ve been watching a bit of the Tour de France recently, and they laugh at the French guys who make an attack for the cameras.”

“It’s all for show with no chance of an end result… and I have the feeling that is exactly what Barcelona have done with their bid for Philippe Coutinho.”

“They have only signed Nelson Semedo for £30 million this summer, and their fans are getting restless, ­especially with Neymar making some unsettled noises and PSG waiting in the wings. For me, it’s one for the fans.”

“As things stand, I ­genuinely believe there’s no chance of him leaving Liverpool this summer. The way ­Jurgen Klopp has been so firm, so ­resolute in saying he is ­definitely staying, speaks ­volumes to me. It shows he ­believes it.”

“If I’m honest, I don’t even think a ridiculous bid will ­persuade Liverpool to sell this summer, not after their manager has said so staunchly he will not let his best players go.”