The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been heavily backing the argument that their side will mount a title-challenge in the Premier League next season, but recent reports concerning potential transfer from across Europe suggest that their ambitions could be left in tatters this summer.
Liverpool’s fluid front-three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been in sensational form for The Reds in recent weeks. The trio’s ability to use a combination of pace, trickery and intelligent interplay to prise open opposition defences is truly a joy to watch at times, but their fine form will certainly not go unnoticed by Europe’s heavyweight clubs.
Salah’s form, in particular, has provoked plenty of discussion concerning a potential incoming bid from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window, but it’s the future of Roberto Firmino which has been called into question most recently by the New York Times journalist Rory Smith. In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Smith waxed lyrical about Firmino and claimed that Liverpool’s talisman is the most complete centre-froward in world football.
Smith also went on to say that Liverpool should be deeply concerned if Robert Lewandowski swaps Bayern Munich for Real Madrid this summer, as Firmino would represent an ideal replacement for the clinical Polish international. The Liverpool supporters propping up our bar are growing tired of rumours linking their star players away from the club, but considering the level of Firmino’s consistently brilliant form this season, it’s easy to understand why Smith has made the link.
Regardless of whether Bayern Munich do indeed decide to sell Lewandowski or not, Klopp must do everything in his power to convince Firmino to stay at the club this summer, otherwise Liverpool’s dreams of lifting the Premier League title will be crushed before the first ball has even been kicked in August. The Brazilian international is the cog in Liverpool’s attack who neatly nits everything together at the spearhead of the forward line, so it’s imperative that they convince him to remain at Anfield beyond the summer window.
His importance cannot be underestimated, as his performances have been a vital component in Salah’s success during his debut season in English football. Firmino is not a player who could be replaced in a short-period of time, so losing him when Liverpool appear on the verge of mounting a genuine push for the title would undoubtedly be a cataclysmic blow for The Reds to take.