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Liverpool: Roberto Firmino a reported transfer target Barcelona

Liverpool: Roberto Firmino a reported transfer target Barcelona

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is a transfer target for Spanish giants Barcelona, that is according to a report from Mundo Deportivo via Sport Witness.

The La Liga club are in the market for a new striker, and it is thought that the Brazilian is one of several players they have their eye on.

With Luis Suarez coming to the end of his career, a new striker is something that Barcelona feel that they need.

The Uruguayan has been outstanding since moving to the Nou Camp in 2014, scoring 183 times in all competitions for the Catalan club.

But he will turn 33-years-old in January, and with the club only having Antoine Griezmann as an alternative centre-forward option it means that they are on the lookout for a new number nine.

Firmino is thought to be one of the names on their list according to the report, along with England duo Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane. Indeed, it’s easy to see why.

Not only does Firmino offer goals – though not as many as Suarez – (he’s already bagged 3 goals this season) but he helps link play, as proven by the fact he has 3 assists this season and averages 1.4 key passes per game in the Premier League this season. When you consider the fact that Messi and Greizmann are also capable finishers, it’s not hard to see why the Spanish giants would want him in the ranks.

There is no doubting that Firmino is a very good player, he has become a key cog in Liverpool’s front three alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and helped them to Champions League glory last season.

It is therefore understandable why a top club like Barcelona would be interested in him.

However, despite the positives to his game already mentioned, the Brazilian isn’t what you would call an out and out goalscorer like Suarez.

This can be backed up by his goalscoring statistics, for Liverpool he has netted just 69 goals in 204 appearances, which is some way behind the 183 in 255 Suarez has managed for Barcelona.

If the Catalonian outfit are looking to replace Suarez with a similar type of player, it could be argued that Firmino isn’t the right man and someone like Kane, who certainly is a prolific goalscorer, would be more like what they are looking for.

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