Jurgen Klopp is ‘planning’ on Roberto Firmino being a key player for Liverpool this season after exit rumours emerged, according to journalist James Pearce.
The Lowdown: Juve bid for Firmino
Sadio Mane left the Reds to join Bayern Munich earlier in the summer but he isn’t the only Anfield icon potentially departing in the near future.
Indeed, the latest news from Italy even claimed Juve had bid for Firmino in the region of €22.5m (£19m).
Fortunately, a contrasting update suggests that the 30-year-old is going nowhere this summer, as the start of the Premier League season looms.
The Latest: Pearce drops big update
Taking to Twitter, Pearce claimed that there has been no bid tabled for Firmino, with Klopp continuing to see him as an important player:
“No bid from Juventus and Klopp planning for the season with the Brazilian attacker on board.”
The Verdict: Relief
Firmino may not be one of the first names on Klopp’s team-sheet anymore, as used to be the case, but he is still a crucial figure, leading the line in his own unique and selfless way and pressing from the front.
The idea of selling the South American superstar at this point, having just lost Mane, makes no sense and it would immediately harm Liverpool’s attacking depth, not to mention their title chances.
Firmino could yet sign an extension on his current contract and remain with the Reds well into his 30s – he has looked fresh in pre-season, so the hope is that that happens over him leaving for free next year.
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