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The summer transfer window is almost over, but what about Firmino?

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Jul-26 13:21 first published at 13:21 PM


There aren’t many Liverpool transfer rumours swirling around right now as the club prepares for the new season in Austria — and for good reason. With the signings of Darwin Nez, Fábio Carvalho, and Calvin Ramsay, the Reds have completed their incoming business. Only Sepp van den Berg, Nat Phillips, and, to a lesser extent, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have plausible question marks over their heads in terms of further departures. One of Van den Berg or Phillips, though, is likely to have to stay put as fifth choice, while Oxlade-Chamberlain might be in the final year of his contract, but could still have a role to play in the final 12 months of his deal — and anyway, Liverpool might as well keep him for that period rather than lose him for what would be, in relative terms, a very minor fee. : Liverpool cannot justify a £35 million transfer hijack with Jürgen Klopp’s replacement or the Jude Bellingham plan: Darwin Nez is about to bring out the best in Mohamed Salah, and Liverpool have proof. While everything appears to be in order, reports in Italy (and sporadically elsewhere) have continued to link Roberto Firmino with a move away from Liverpool this summer, with Juventus the rumored frontrunner. Firmino, like Oxlade-Chamberlain, is in the final year of his contract with Liverpool. However, as with Oxlade-Chamberlain, an exit at this stage of the season would be unwise for the Reds. Jürgen Klopp now has two fewer attacking options (on paper) than he did last season, thanks to the departures of Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi, who, unlike Sadio Mané, have not been replaced. Carvalho and Kaide Gordon could play in the forward areas for Liverpool, as can Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones, but they all feel like nice options to fall back on (at this point in their careers and development) rather than instant and guaranteed Firmino replacements. Klopp has already outlined on several occasions that he does not want to dip into the transfer market again and losing Firmino would almost certainly mean changing that stance. The Liverpool manager did, admittedly, suggest that nothing will change unless someone requests to leave, but Firmino leaving is extremely unlikely. While a move away would guarantee Firmino a contract that Liverpool has yet to offer, leaving now would feel like he had unfinished business after an injury-plagued season last year. Furthermore, if he does leave for no fee next summer (or January if his contract situation does not change before then), he will have plenty of offers. Firmino appears to be a no-brainer for both parties to stay at Liverpool unless a massive bid is made. As a result, the Firmino to Juventus (or other clubs) rumor can be ignored for the time being.

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