'The heart and soul': Jurgen Klopp raves about his 'essential' player that Liverpool can't afford to lose
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'The heart and soul': Jurgen Klopp raves about his 'essential' player that Liverpool can't afford to lose

Jurgen Klopp has shared his honest thoughts on Roberto Firmino after a series of transfer links for the Brazilian. His contract expires in 2023.

There has been plenty of talk lately that Roberto Firmino could leave Liverpool. He’s out of contract in under a year, after all, and Juventus reportedly want to make a bid. Why wouldn’t the Reds cash in, then?

CalcioMercato is one of those making the claim. Juve would put around £19m on the table, giving Liverpool a chance to make £19m more than they would in a year. So again, what’s the hold-up?

Well, the Athletic reported early on Thursday that a ‘senior source’ at Liverpool told them that Firmino isn’t for sale. And if anyone needs a reason why, just listen to Jurgen Klopp talk about the player in his latest press conference.

“Bobby is crucial for us,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com. “Bobby is [the] heart and soul of this team.

“The way we played in the last few years was only possible because of Bobby. That’s why I’m really happy he could train the majority of the time here in the pre-season so far and everything looks really good.

“I am absolutely fine and, for me, there’s no doubt about his quality. All the rest, we will see how this year goes, but yes, he is essential for us.”

We wrote this week that Liverpool shouldn’t consider selling Firmino because they can’t possibly get a decent value from a sale. Even £20m wouldn’t equal what he can bring to the Reds across the 2022/23 season.

Klopp has put it more emphatically than we ever could, though – Firmino truly is an integral player. He might even be the integral player as someone Liverpool can’t actually replace. He’s so unique but those unique qualities are exactly what makes the team tick.

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Where else do you find a striker who’s actually an attacking midfielder, who can link play in the no.10 role but also offer a target in the box? Someone who has the technical skills to play in tight spaces and the grit to press relentlessly from the front?

You don’t, quite honestly, and we don’t think Liverpool will even try to replace Firmino. Instead, they’ll head in a different direction once the Brazilian leaves Anfield. And that could mean quite the overhaul of this team.

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