COUTINHO CHASE OVER ‘Barcelona have finally admitted defeat,’ is the opening paragraph in the Liverpool Echo, leading to thousand of audible sighs of relief. In truth, Barcelona had no option to admit defeat after their bizarre 7pm deadline had been ignored by Liverpool’s baffled hierarchy. The Echo describes Liverpool as ‘bewildered’ by a figure of £118m which would only be reached if Barcelona won pretty much everything forever and the Brazilian himself was declared Pope. They would only have been guaranteed £82m and that would not have compensated for his loss at this late stage. The challenge now is to re-integrate a player who has ‘seriously blotted his copybook’ at Liverpool and created
Dominic Calvert-Lewin lies on the ground after a coming together with Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, who was shown a second yellow card for the incident.