Liverpool have no intention of selling Roberto Firmino to Juventus, or anyone else, this summer.
“So far Juventus have not approached Liverpool for Roberto Firmino,” said Romano. “The situation is totally quiet – Jurgen Klopp considers him part of the project, especially because a lot of resources are needed in the World Cup season.”
However, giving his own take on proceedings, Romano claimed that he doesn’t expect Firmino to be a ‘regular’ for Liverpool in 2022/23.
“Still, in my opinion, it’s not looking like he’ll be a regular for Liverpool this season, which is a shame because he’s a great talent,” he said. “I’m sure he can still contribute a lot to Klopp’s team, but if he found a club where he could be a key player he would really get his magic back.
“Leaving Liverpool will be difficult, though. They have sold players already this summer, with Sadio Mane, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi leaving. I doubt there is much desire to sell more.”
Bobby’s going nowhere.
Firmino’s future yet to be resolved
There were one or two whisperings over the weekend that Firmino might soon be subject to a bid from Juventus (Tutto Juve).
However, that looks to be off the cards, for now at least. Juve do notoriously love a free signing though, so they could be keeping an eye on Firmino with a view to a move next summer.
Liverpool can still make sure that doesn’t happen by offering the 30-year-old a new contract.
You get the feeling that should Bobby prove his fitness and form over the coming season, that may still be the most likely outcome here.
Darwin already knocking at the door
It was important that the Brazilian got a full pre-season under his belt this time around. Having fallen out of favour last year, he needed to put himself back into the manager’s thoughts.
Firmino has managed to do that with some good displays over the summer. Prior to Darwin Nunez’s four goals last week against RB Leipzig, it even looked as though he was back in Klopp’s first choice eleven.
After Nunez’s show in Germany, it will be interesting to see how Liverpool line up on Thursday in Salzburg. It could be that Klopp still opts to slowly ease him in, in which case Firmino is next in line.
If Darwin keeps up his hot streak, then it’ll become hard to ignore him when the real business gets underway. But Klopp has form for not throwing new players in at the deep end. Bobby is about as experienced as they come in this squad.
Show himself to be back to his best, and his stay at Anfield could still stretch into a ninth year.