It seems Sporting still have a little bit of hope that Ruben Amorim will reject Liverpool to stay in Lisbon.

Newspaper O Jogo today features a story claiming that Lions president Frederico Varandas has the manager’s continuity as his ‘only plan’, and will try to convince him to carry on with his work there.

Sporting’s objective is said to be to keep Amorim for at least one more year, and their place in the Champions League next season is the main argument they’ll use.

Now in case Amorim wants to go, then Liverpool or the other interested clubs will have to pay his €20m release clause, as the Lions ‘won’t give up their rights’.

That’s a different slant to what the Portuguese media had previously said, as it had been reported that as long as the Reds made a friendly approach for the manager, the Lisbon side could offer a discount on his price.

So in case Varandas actually believes there’s a chance to hold the manager, perhaps Liverpool better get prepared to fight for him.