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Juventus Have Offered €19m For This Liverpool Forward: Should Klopp Cash In On Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, Corriere Dello Sport mentioned that Juventus have offered €19m for Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino. It has been claimed that the Italian giants are eyeing a move to sign the Brazilian striker from the Reds during this summer transfer window.

Firmino’s Recent Form At Anfield

Firmino experienced an up and down season at the Merseyside club as he won two domestic trophies with them but failed to earn regular first-team starts over the past 11 months. The veteran striker was involved in 35 matches for Liverpool in the previous campaign, netting 11 times and earning five assists in all competitions.

The Brazil international was quite often a substitute in Jurgen Klopp’s squad which explains why he only averaged 1.5 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He was tidy when linking up play with others around him after making 78.8% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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Hoffenheim’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino celebrates during the German trophy football match Borussia Dortmund vs TSG Hoffenheim in the Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2015. (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP via Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Should Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Cash In On Firmino This Summer?

Firmino can hold the ball up well for his teammates and excels at creating some decent chances for others around him. He can be a good finisher in the final third when he is playing well on the field. Furthermore, the Brazilian sensation remains an excellent dribbler with the ball at his feet.

However, at 30, father time is slowly catching up with his game. The arrival of Darwin Nunez from Benfica would also not help his first-team chances at Anfield in the upcoming Premier League campaign.

With just a year remaining in his Liverpool contract, Firmino can benefit from a change of scenery if he wants to earn more game time in the coming seasons. Therefore, it makes sense for Jurgen Klopp to cash in on him and use the money generated from his potential sale to bring in a suitable and younger replacement this summer.

On his day, Firmino can still be a world-class forward. Still, the Reds would be better off selling him or else risk losing him as a free agent at the end of next season.

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