Supporters of Liverpool FC are renowned for their restraint and balance.
Rare is the occasion when they overstep the mark and lapse into hysterical fits of delusion about matters relating to their team.
Recently, the main issue surrounding LFC has been the future of Philippe Coutinho.
Up to this point, fans of the club have remained typically dignified and calm in their response to the rumours that have abounded.
But today, previously heated speculation about a potential move to Barcelona turned searing hot as it emerged via ESPN that the player may have confirmed his desire to depart Anfield.
Within minutes, the Twitterverse slipped into overdrive, with the reaction among Reds fans shifting between denial and outright panic.
These Tweeps, for example, clearly have such in-depth insider knowledge of the club that they can readily deny research undertaken by professional journalists:
Your sources can fuck off, Coutinho is staying. #LFC
— Celina (@celinaemcee) August 8, 2017
Coutinho going nowhere! #lfc
— Neil Kelly (@NeilKelly10) August 8, 2017
Many expressed their displeasure at the situation in a very direct manner:
— luckiii socks (@Andreis3k) August 8, 2017
At least suarez left in July but really coutinho fuck yourself. Madrid better win everything out of pure spite lol I'm so livid/depressed
— Dannny P: (@Dan0nthe_moon) August 8, 2017
If FSG sells Coutinho they need to fuck off back to Boston and keep their no ambition, money grubbing claws away from my team
— Power D (@PowerD_Picks) August 8, 2017
Fuck Barcelona. I hate your club with all my heart. Whatever happened to loyalty? If @Phil_Coutinho wants to leave, leave.
— Adam Centers (@centers_adam) August 8, 2017
Others were simply heartbroken…
Fuck sake. If Coutinho leaves it's gonna be like Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez all over again and I just can't take anymore heartache
— Duvträd (@_MikePotter) August 8, 2017
…while others resorted to begging
@Phil_Coutinho please dont break our hearts. Stay at LFC and be a LEGEND…not a statistic on the bench at Barca xxxxx YNWA xxxxx
— Helen Maxwell (@Helenlouise11) August 8, 2017
@Phil_Coutinho please don't leave Liverpool we need you ??
— Jake From State Farm (@twogirls1zombie) August 8, 2017
Stay at liverpool fella we need you
— Amine.Bk (@Aminebakka) August 8, 2017
Some, however, appear to have simply lost their minds:
Forsberg would do a better job than Coutinho imo. He'd contrubute to goals and assists more
— Danny (@D3vilsFollowing) August 8, 2017