Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is unlikely to be moved on this summer transfer window and is set to stay past the end of this campaign, according to a report.
The Reds have struggled for goals at times this season and another blank was drawn on Thursday night as Chelsea won 1-0 at Anfield.
Indeed, it was another frustrating night for the front three who, Mo Salah aside, have simply not seen the same levels of goals scored this year as in previous seasons.
With Diogo Jota now back fit, calls are growing for Firmino to come out of the side for a bit with his season proving tough at times in front of goal but, that said, talk that he might leave in the summer seems well wide of the mark.
As per a report from Eurosport, the Brazilian forward is likely to stay put in the summer transfer window and the Reds will look to bring in another striker that can rotate with him but that fits into the system the team uses.
Indeed, Firmino in recent years has been integral to the way the Reds play and we’ve marvelled at his performances but this season he has been a bit off and, in truth, many components of the Reds’ machine have struggled.
New blood, then, might be a decent idea.
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According to transfermarkt, Firmino is still valued at £64.8m despite a tough season in front of goal and that is a nod to the quality he still has.
There has to be a hope that he’ll get back to his relentless best towards the end of this season or at least next year when things are a bit more settled but a new arrival to share the burden wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Diogo Jota is obviously a good example of that but another wouldn’t go amiss and it remains to be seen who the Reds can identify that will complement the system Jurgen Klopp uses.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.