I have to think that both Liverpool and Newcastle are furious with former Liverpool great Phil Thompson.
Jose Enrique – on his bike?
Phil played for Liverpool from 1971 until he left for Sheffield United in 1984, and he later served as assistant manager to Gerard Houllier at the Liverpool club.
Phil is currently a pundit on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports and is a regular Visiting Fellow at the University of Liverpool where he teaches on their Football Industries MBA, and of course he will be in the know on what’s happening behind the scenes.
So when he came out over the weekend and said it was his understanding that Newcastle and Liverpool had agreed a deal for Enrique for a high £15M, he put both clubs in a rather difficult situation.
Newcastle will hardly want to announce that Jose was on his way this summer – for at least a couple of reasons.
It would not go down well with Newcastle fans, who are still questioning why their local super star Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool in January.
And it wouldn’t help Jose or the fans when he plays either, because it’s not clear what the fan reaction would be to Jose leaving Newcastle, after he had often said he only wanted to play for Newcastle – much like Andy had said – some to think of it.
Any brave Newcastle fans who watched Carroll on Monday night blast the Manchester City defense, would probably agree if Andy had been in the Newcastle side last Sunday at Villa Park, Newcastle would have won that game, and maybe easily too.
But we think that even if Andy had stayed at Newcastle this season, there would have been another huge offer for him this summer, maybe even more than the £35M, and Newcastle would have again been tempted big time to sell.
We’d all be just a little bit happier if Newcastle were safe this season from relegation, but that’s not the case.
So we very much doubt that Newcastle or Liverpool will be announcing anything about the Jose Enrique transfer any time soon, and maybe both clubs have already let it be known to Thompson that they didn’t appreciate his revelation last weekend.
But there again, that’s what Thompson gets paid for as a pundit – but Liverpool may not be as open with him in the future on their transfer deals.
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