Why does this always happen, every time a player goes back to his home country?
News always filters back to the UK about some outlandish remarks made by one star or another to a local news outlet, and this time it's Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho who's the man in the spotlight.
The Brazilian had a pretty impressive season on Merseyside, racking up eight goals and five assists in the Premier League.
There were some murmurings that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in making a move this summer, but as it stands it looks most likely that he'll be staying put for Jurgen Klopp's first full season in charge.
Coutinho is of course in training with Brazil in preparation for the Copa Centenario, and he was asked about his team's chances of winning the tournament. Pretty innocuous question, right?
“I miss winning cups," he said.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING! DON'T SAY THAT PHILIPPE!
He added: "Copa América is another opportunity for me, because every player dreams of winning cups.”
Oh jesus. Stop talking.
Naturally Liverpool fans were quick to point out that in the three trophies he won at Inter, Coutinho didn't feature in any of the finals, so doesn't exactly have a glittering trophy cabinet at home. They managed to get a few extra digs in for good measure over Liverpool's two failed finals this season.
What tends to happen next is a player or his agent will come out and suggest he was misquoted or the remarks were taken out of context. Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, the football season is over, and the transfer rumour mill has well and truly begun.
Jurgen Klopp has been playing his cards close to his chest when it comes to Coutinho, and refused to commit over the Brazilian's future either way when asked recently.
"Everything is okay at the moment but nobody in the world - maybe only Lionel Messi - is unsellable," the German said.
"There is always a situation. I come from a club where the best players are always picked by other teams and in the end you have to accept a few things. You always need to have a Plan B or a Plan C.
"Coutinho, [Roberto] Firmino, so many players are very special. You could go through the whole squad. But if a player wants to go to another club then I'd always be open to it because I don't want to have a player in my squad who doesn't want to be in the squad.
What do you think Coutinho meant by his comments?
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