Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has his ‘eyes on’ Roberto Firmino, according to a report from BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein.
Liverpool’s last two games of the season were played without the talismanic Roberto Firmino as he looked to recover from a muscle strain in time for the Champions League final.
As was blatantly clear on the final day against Newcastle United, Liverpool struggle to play with the same fluidity and don’t create goalscoring chances with the same regularity.
The Brazilian is more than a goalscorer or creative outlet, with his football IQ one of the things that Jurgen Klopp loves about him above all else.
Firmino is able to see the game and where he should make his runs to create space for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane long before others.
When Klopp joined the club in 2015, he already had Firmino on board and even if he wasn’t, given how much he has relied on the former Hoffenheim midfielder he probably would have gone out and signed the no.9 himself.
David Ornstein of the BBC reports that PSG are keeping an eye on Firmino and it makes perfect sense that he added that it would be an approach that would be immediately rejected.
Liverpool’s system totally relies on Firmino and without him, Klopp would be left scratching his head.
The Brazilian’s trickery on the ball, eye for a pass, goalscoring instinct, high work rate and intelligence are things that Liverpool can barely function without.
With the Champions League final set to take place in just over two weeks, the Reds will be hoping that Firmino is fit in time to face Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The 27-year-old could hold the key to guaranteeing a dominant win over the North Londoners.