This season could be the last for Roberto Firmino at Liverpool, according to reports.
The Brazilian star is about to enter his seventh season at Anfield since signing from Hoffenheim in 2015.
Firmino has been a superb servant to the club, having played a key role in helping the club win the Champions League and Premier League during his time here.
In fact, he is so crucial to the side that he is seemingly Jurgen Klopp’s favourite player. The manager has said in interviews that he is the only Liverpool forward that is “world-class every day”, while he also called him a “complete footballer”.
However, it appears that this relationship could well be coming to an end.
According to The Athletic, Firmino is unlikely to extend his deal, which expires in two years.
Not all three of Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah will get extensions. The club are said to be prioritising the latter two.
So, if Mane and Salah both get new contracts, Firmino probably won’t.
And if he doesn’t extend, it is likely that he will be sold next summer.
The club most certainly will not want a repeat of the Gini Wijnaldum situation that developed this year.
RTK View: This will be the last season for Firmino – certainly as a starter
Despite how vital he has been to the side during his spell, it would be smart for Liverpool to sell Firmino next summer.
There is no doubting that his influence declined last season. In fact, it probably began to decline in 2019/20.
In our opinion, Diogo Jota will have him overtaken by the time the season finishes.
Firmino will be 30-years-old in October. His very best days are probably behind him.
Liverpool can learn from Arsenal on this matter. It was deemed as absolutely vital that they extended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract last year.
They did that and Aubameyang’s age began to show immediately. He had his worst season in years in 2020/21 and the Gunners could now regret not selling him for a good fee when they could.
That is why Liverpool should take whatever money they can get for Firmino next summer and reinvest it in the squad.
As much as we love him, Bobby’s time at Anfield is nearly up.
Let’s hope that what is potentially his last season will be a great one.