After the Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern watched their side publicly apologise to Southampton and end their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk, they could certainly do with some cheering up.
Many of our local Kopites were already dreaming about the complexion of their backline with him on board, though that doesn’t look like being the case now.
So, while quotes sourced in the Daily Mirror (via Brazilian radio outlet Radio Atlantica) will do little to properly cheer them up, they’ve at least taken their collective minds off of the VVD saga.
Anfield stalwart Lucas Leiva has revealed he’s in talks with former club Gremio over a potential return to South America this summer, after a decade on Merseyside.
The 30-year-old midfielder left Rei de Copas in 2007 and become a popular figure amongst the supporters during a loyal 10 years of service. Still, with the Reds preparing for a new dawn under Jurgen Klopp, the Brazilian could well be left behind.
After almost 350 appearances for the club, the midfielder has revealed he has an offer from his boyhood charges, in what would be an emotional return to his homeland.
“There was an offer from Gremio in January, but I wanted to complete 10 years at Liverpool,” he said.
“Now in the window we had a conversation, but nothing official. I do not hide my desire to return to Gremio, but there are several factors.”
Thanks to his loyal service, the Liverpool fans in the bar just hope he’s happy at the end of the summer.