Liverpool legend John Barnes has expressed his utter unhappiness over the rumours of the Reds exploring a swap cope with Barcelona involving Roberto Firmino and Memphis Depay. The Catalans, who’ve been touted as very long time admirers of the Brazilian are reportedly eager on bringing him to Camp Nou. Furthermore, additionally they need to do away with Depay, who nearly had his contract terminated with the membership this summer season with the intention to be a part of Italian giants Juventus.
Nevertheless, Barca nonetheless need to promote him earlier than his contract expires subsequent summer season as they really feel he can be utilized to herald Firmino. Liverpool are in the identical state of affairs as properly, since Firmino’s present deal at Anfield has lower than 12 months left on it and the Reds need to make some revenue off him reasonably than shedding him without spending a dime. It was even confirmed that the 30-year-old striker held negotiations with numerous potential suitors this summer season, with once more Juventus being the frontrunners.
Barnes outlines Liverpool striker’s significance to Klopp’s set-up
Roberto Firmino shortly grew to become a fan-favourite at Anfield after his blistering shows alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. The trio grew to become a drive to reckon with, as they stormed the Premier League in addition to the Champions. The three led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years within the 2019/20 season, and to 3 Champions League finals within the final 5 years, profitable one in opposition to Tottenham.
John Barnes has highlighted that it was Firmino who pulled the strings behind Mane and Salah, which helped the African duo rack up objectives. Throughout their time, the three have been deployed collectively in 105 league video games by Klopp, the place they mixed for a whopping 198 objectives. Whereas Salah [65 goals and 21 assists] and Mane [44 goals and 17 assists] led the charts, Firmino was instrumental as properly enjoying behind them and recording 35 objectives and 16 assists.
Whereas in an interview with BonusCodeBets, Barnes who appeared offended with the rumours of the Reds wanting to offer away Firmino mentioned:
“[Roberto] Firmino is my favourite striker when it comes to what he provides his crew not simply when it comes to scoring objectives however work price. He’s the explanation Salah and Mane scored all of these objectives due to the way in which he performs. Clearly we’ve Nunez who performs otherwise however I’d at all times preserve Bobby and if Bobby left I’d be very unhappy. He has to resolve if he needs to play recurrently but when it was as much as me I’d positively preserve Bobby.”
Firmino was signed by Liverpool in 2015 from German facet Hoffenheim for £37 million. The striker has been nothing in need of a discount, who has scored 101 objectives and supplied 77 assists in 335 video games for the Reds to this point. Firmino ha additionally lifted 6 trophies on the membership, finishing the set of the Premier League, Champions League, Tremendous Cup and Membership World Cup, alongside the FA Cup and a League Cup. He has began this season on a constructive observe as properly, selecting 6 aim contributions [3 goals and 3 assists] in 8 video games to this point.
In the meantime, Barcelona as soon as once more struggled to clear their fringe gamers this summer season with Depay being a type of. The Catalan outfit has abundance of attacking expertise of their squad, with Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha added to the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres. Depay has evidently develop into surplus to their wants and has managed solely 3 video games this season underneath Xavi, netting as soon as. The membership plans to promote him in January, as a swap cope with Firmino now on their radars.
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