Liverpool will reportedly hold talks with Roberto Firmino in the coming weeks over his future.
That’s according to the Mirror, who say Reds bosses will sit down with Firmino and his advisors amid interest from Italian giants Juventus, who are said to be planning a £20m swoop for the 30-year-old.
Liverpool’s feared attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Firmino has already been broken up since the season ended. Mane agreed to joined German champions Bayern Munich, ending his successful six-year spell on Merseyside. Salah, however, has just agreed a new three-year deal with the Reds that will make him the highest paid player in the club’s history, on a reported £350,000 per week.
Firmino, who was regarded as the clever link player between the triumvirate, has seen his game time reduce since the arrivals of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, and although Mane has now gone, new signing Darwin Nunez is expected to play down the middle of the front three for Liverpool. That being the position, of course, the Brazil international operates most in.
The Reds, according to the Mirror, are said to have no interested in a mooted swap deal with Juve that would see French midfielder Adrien Rabiot head to Anfield. But they add, as Firmino weighs up his approach to ensuring that he is included in Brazil’s World Cup squad in November, he is now expected to hold discussions with the Anfield hierarchy to understand whether his future remains on Merseyside or elsewhere.
Should the fans’ favourite believe that he needs to move on to achieve his objectives then Liverpool would have to consider whether they are better served by cashing in on Firmino now, rather than waiting for his contract to expire in 12 months and leave on a free transfer.
Firmino joined the Reds from German club Hoffenheim in June 2015 and has gone on to make 327 appearances in a red shirt, scoring 98 goals and helping Jurgen Klopp’s side to win multiple major trophies, including the Premier League and the Champions League.