Liverpool won’t consider any offers that arrive for Roberto Firmino to leave the club this summer.
That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who claim that it’s ‘unlikely’ The Reds would entertain any bids. It’s claimed that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to sell Firmino.
The forward only has a year left on his current deal. As a result, Liverpool have reportedly deduced that a ‘cut-price’ deal now is worth less to the club than keeping Firmino for another season.
Liverpool have already lost Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino in the window. Klopp reportedly doesn’t want any more upheaval in his attack.
More to come from Firmino
There had been some tentative reports that Liverpool could be about to be faced with a decision around Firmino. Juventus were claimed to be circling, and a bid could perhaps test Liverpool’s position.
But the strategy outlined here is one The Reds have stuck to in the past. They’d rather lose a player for nothing than sell him for a seemingly under-value fee.
Of Liverpool’s three forwards who were coming out of contract in 2023, this seemed to apply the most to Bobby. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were both consistently seen as more valuable by the outside world.
Of the three, only Firmino’s future now remains unresolved. The Reds recouped a decent fee for Mane, and Salah has signed a new, three year deal.
There remains hope that the same outcome could still happen for Bobby. He’s now into his eighth season at Anfield following his £29m move, but he still has more to give.
At one stage it looked as though Liverpool were happy enough to lose all three of Klopp’s ‘original’ front-three.
But after Salah’s extension and reports that they were planning the same for Mane, this obviously wasn’t the case.
Either way, it looks as though Firmino will still get the chance to prove he merits a new deal. For him to do that, it’s imperative that he makes his presence known decisively in pre-season.