Liverpool weekend round-up: Including FSG denials and Coutinho shines

John W Henry

All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…

Liverpool finished their pre-season tour with a 3-0 win over Thailand earlier today. Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Steven Gerrard gave the Reds the win, with Coutinho’s strike the stand-out effort.

Now firmly settled at the club, it seems the Brazilian is set for an outstanding season at Anfield.

The match also saw Luis Suarez make a 30-minute cameo, and he almost got on the score-sheet only to see his header hit the word-work.

With doubts remaining over the Uruguayan’s future, reports yesterday claimed Arsenal were readying a £42.5million offer for the striker, with hopes he would be secured by Saturday.

Such a move would see the player revealed during next weekend’s Emirates Cup, and would be the perfect boost for Gunners fans prior to the new campaign.

But former Red Michael Owen believes Suarez shouldn’t move to Arsenal if he is seeking success.

Arsenal are a fabulous club and have got a great heritage, but Liverpool are as big – if not bigger,” he said.

I’d be very surprised if he were to move to Arsenal. Madrid or Barcelona would make more sense.”

With Barcelona unlikely to add to an already outstanding forward-line, Real remain linked with the player. But as they continue their pursuit of Gareth Bale, Arsenal could be the only realistic contender for his signature.

Next week looks like being a big one in terms of transfer moves both into and out of the Premier League.

And finally, Fenway Sports Group have dismissed reports they intend to sell the club.

Claims that John W Henry was seeking a buyer, with a Saudi oil company and two American billionaires all said to be interested, have been rubbished both by FSG and Liverpool themselves.

Like so many rumours in the past about a sale of Liverpool Football Club, there is absolutely no truth in this,” a spokesman for FSG said.

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