In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Liverpool recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Barcelona unconvinced about Roberto Firmino
The 28-year-old Brazilian had reportedly been the subject of a planned transfer bid from Barcelona over the last year, as per Don Balon, but the weekend’s update indicates that the Catalan club are now looking elsewhere for a long-term replacement for former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Firmino may be the least prolific of Liverpool’s main front three right now, with just three goals to his name this season compared to six for Mohamed Salah and eight for Sadio Mane. [via TransferMarkt]
However, with the Brazil man starting 30 or more Premier League games in each of the last three campaigns, and seven of the first eight this term [via WhoScored], Jurgen Klopp clearly sees him as a vital part of the Reds’ line-up.
With Firmino’s unselfish performances of late hailed by numerous pundits, including Danny Murphy, Garth Crooks, Jermaine Jenas and Joe Cole, it seems strange that Barcelona have cooled their interest in him, but that is something for which Liverpool can be grateful.
Dani van der Moot regrets not moving to Reds
Dani van der Moot, a striker with Dutch third-tier outfit Rijnburgse Boys, admitted in an interview to Elf Voetbal [via Sport Witness] that he regrets missing out on the opportunity to join Liverpool in 2013.
Then a promising teenager with PSV Eindhoven, the now 22-year-old told Elf Voetbal [via Sport Witness] that he visited Liverpool and was given a tour of Anfield, describing it as “a beautiful day and a wonderful memory forever”, but ultimately decided against making the move as he stayed in the Netherlands.
While it is understandable that Van der Moot might have wanted to develop at PSV before taking a chance on moving abroad at such a young age, the subsequent path of his career would suggest that he may well have missed out on his one opportunity to become a Liverpool player.
Liverpool facing ‘big decision’ about Marko Grujic
That is according to German football expert Kevin Hatchard, who told the Liverpool Echo that the Reds will either need to convince the 23-year-old that he has a first-team future at Anfield or face a bidding war from other clubs to sign him permanently.
Grujic has failed to make much of an impact at Liverpool since joining in 2016, playing just 14 times for the first team without scoring.
However, he has netted seven times in 29 Bundesliga games for Hertha Berlin, which shows that he is capable of making an impact in a major European league.
With Liverpool’s current midfielders providing little scoring threat either this season or last, perhaps Grujic is worth one more go at Anfield if he can maintain his decent form in front of goal in Germany.
Liverpool fans, what’s your take on the stories about Firmino and Van der Moot? Do you think Grujic deserves another chance at Anfield? Share your views in the comments section below!
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