By Emma Sanders

Liverpool fans have reacted with humour on Twitter as a leading Merseyside journalist denied claims that the club had agreed a lucrative new sponsorship deal.

Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce has denied rumours that Liverpool have made a proposition to the Israeli Tourism Board.

Reports on a number of leading Liverpool supporter’s websites, including Empire of the Kop, have claimed the club are in talks over a lucrative sponsorship deal which would see them wearing the country’s logo.

As well as displaying the Israeli logo on the team shirts, the club would have to display the Star of David on billboards, as well as on social media sites and on the sleeves of the kit.

Fans reacted to the initial rumours with amusement as the claims appeared extremely far-fetched, but found the story even more amusing when Pearce denied any truth in the deal on Twitter.

According to Ynet News, Liverpool were interested in doing a deal with Israel because two members of Fenway Sports Group, who own the club, are Jewish.

Here is a selection of the messages from fans on Twitter:

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