"By issuing that statement and making it so emphatic, by sticking their necks out so far, they really can't turn back.
"And everything I've ever seen from the club's American owners tells me they have absolutely no intention of doing it.
"Their decision shows me clubs still hold some of the cards, even though all the noise surrounding the game these days screams that players are in complete control.
"It's funny, because Liverpool probably realised they were in a stronger position with Coutinho than they first thought because of their own experience in trying to sign Naby Keita.
"They wanted him, they pursued him, put in several bids – and were turned down flat. The player wanted to go, but quite correctly RB Leipzig had the right to say no.
"The club had the power after all."