After reports of Paris Saint-Germain’s interest, Liverpool shouldn’t entertain any offers for Roberto Firmino, from PSG or otherwise.
The BBC claim that PSG want Firmino. The Brazilian has become one of the world’s top strikers over the past two season, making interest inevitable.
Liverpool, however, aren’t in a position where they need to sell. Their stars are on long-term contracts, there’s no need for significant investment, and the team is on the brink of success.
But with Firmino, it’s more than that. The Brazilian may well be the last player the club shouldn’t consider selling.
Liverpool’s style under Jurgen Klopp practically revolves around the £29m signing from Hoffenheim.
He provides the link to the midfield, makes sure there’s space for the wingers, and is the first line of defence. While there may be better performing players, Firmino is so unique that he’s virtually irreplaceable.
Virgil van Dijk has transformed the defence and is arguably the best defender in the world. If he were to leave, though, Liverpool would sign another, similar centre-back to replace him. He wouldn’t be as good as Van Dijk and the team would suffer, but it would be relatively simple.
Firmino, on the other hand, is a specific player. Klopp has previously referred to him as ‘the engine of the team’ and losing him would have an enormous impact.
There are so few players able to do everything he does that Klopp would have little choice but to alter the team’s system.
While other players may be bigger names or even better players, Liverpool can’t afford to lose Firmino above everyone else, to PSG or anyone else.