Fans of the Throwback Thursday meme on Instagram and Facebook will be delighted to know that internet football journos decided to take matters into their own hands on Thursday and play a little fast and loose with the #tbt as it related to Liverpool. Suddenly, it was 2013 all over again, with Liverpool offering Mamadou Sakho a new contract after the defender failed to get adequate playing time at his current club, and next it was the return of Henrik Mkhitaryan.
Yes, Mkhitaryan. Liverpool fans will never unlearn how to spell the Armenian midfielder's name on account of his increasingly persistent links to the club that seem to keep him in the conversation each transfer window. Liverpool were rumoured to be interested in his services last January, but obviously no deal was ever made. Mkhitaryan's agent confirmed at the time that the player would be looking to leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
There's not much evidence to suggest that this isn't just January's rumour warmed up and served over a bed of "really?" Liverpool's main rivals for his signature are still rumoured to be Juventus, and the only statements from Mkhitaryan's manager are the ones from the winter confirming his client's plans to reconsider his Germanic future during the summer. The Bundesliga is now in full swing and Mkhitaryan is still wearing the Schwartz und Gelb.
For those with a secret wish to see Mkhitaryan in Liverpool red for a cool €21 million, it's a transfer that's unlikely to pass, not least of which is because the news sources don't seem to know who actually revived this rumour. The Daily Mirror points to Italian outlet Sport Mediaset, who in turn points back to the Mirror as the source of the rumour. With neither taking any credit or responsibility for the rumour, it's challenging to put any faith whatsoever into the veracity of the story.