Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has taken to social media to state that Liverpool should allow Philippe Coutinho to move to 'a club like that' in Barcelona in order to avoid a potential 'strike' from the Brazilian playmaker.
In recent months, Southampton's Virgil van Dijk has himself been urged to join Liverpool from the Saints by various pundits, outlets and Reds supporters to presumably better his career, and amid Barcelona's supposed interest in Coutinho, Le Tissier issued this post on his personal Twitter account on Sunday, a cheekily subtle dig at the Merseysiders' expense indeed.
Hope Liverpool do the right thing and let Coutinho join Barca so he doesn't have to go on strike, he deserves a move to a club like that 😉— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) July 23, 2017
With speculation surrounding a proposed move to Anfield for Van Dijk failing to cease, the statement, accompanied by a winking face emoji, insinuates that La Liga's Barca would be a step-up for Liverpool's number 10.
Southampton, despite Liverpool's ever-present interest in their Dutch centre-back, have in the past reported the Reds to the Premier League in order to stunt the club's pursuit of the 26-year-old.
And with many a Southampton star opting to switch to Liverpool in years gone by, it's still not seen as impossible that Van Dijk will himself pack his bags for Liverpool in the future, regardless of Southampton's official deterrent.
Loyalty is a value which is painfully absent from the modern game, with players being too regularly swayed by big money moves to monopolising outfits from their somewhat modest employers.
Le Tissier spent 16-years with Southampton at The Dell, so perhaps Van Dijk will follow suit and choose to stay put at St. Mary's, but his future in particular is still yet to be seen with the 2017-18 campaign looming.