Owen was an utter cunt who ran down his contract to the last year and we were forced to sell or he would leave on a free. We got a massive fee for Coutinho. Owen joined our fiercest rivals and not even for big money. Coutinho says he won't join any of our rivals because he loves the club. So far, it's not a similar situation at all if you look at the facts. Obviously, if your suspicions about his motives are true, then there would be some similarity although there still is the massive fee we got for him as a rather big difference.This feels a bit like what happened with Owen to me. He left because he thought he'd have it better in Real Madrid. We went and won the Champions League whilst things went to shit for Owen at the Bernabeu.
Owen wanted to come back. Let it be known that he really wanted a return to Liverpool. Rafa wasn't having any of it but Owen made sure to get it out there to the fans that the only reason he didn't come back to Liverpool was because of the club. It allowed him to join Newcastle without any ill-will. Then, of course, he joined the scum.
This is what it feels like to me with Coutinho. He wants to placate the fans by saying this is where he would choose to return to when all along he probably knows we aren't interested and Jarobchian's eyeing up City, Tottenham, United or Arsenal.