With the summer transfer window fully underway, many football fans will be eager to see what many of the world’s biggest clubs will be plotting in the next few weeks, and in particular, Liverpool.
On the back of their best season ever in the Premier League points-wise and a sixth Champions League triumph, the Reds are currently on top of the world, and with one of the most talented squads in European football, seeking for improvements sounds like a daunting task, but there is one area that can be improved upon.
With Alberto Moreno gone after the expiration of his contract, a new backup left-back is needed this summer, and with Andy Robertson continuing to impress for the Reds as the Scottish defender was named in the PFA Team of the Year, it would seem like a smart idea for Liverpool to go cheap for a second choice fullback, which is why recent reports are a little bit more than confusing.
According to Sport, Liverpool are eyeing up a move for Real Betis defender Junior Firpo, who has enjoyed a breakout year with Real Betis as the Spain U-21 left-back scored three goals and assisted four in 23 appearances last season in La Liga, but we believe that a move to Liverpool will be a poor career move for the 22-year-old.
For starters, the left-back has a reported release clause of £45 million, meaning Liverpool will have to splash a big chunk of money for a player who won’t even be considered for the first-team given how impressive Robertson, who registered 11 assists in the Premier League last season alone, has been.
As well as the price, Firpo is a player who has shown that he potentially has what it takes to one day become a star left-back in world football with teammate Marc Bartra saying in a press conference via Marca: “He is a player who has shown that he has a lot of potential, quality and the ability of being in the right place at the right time.”
Firpo is stuck in an awkward position where he is ready for a step up, but not quite there to replace a player as good as Robertson, and in this stage of his career, the Spanish defender needs to keep playing regular first-team football, something he just won’t get at Anfield.
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