Liverpool could be set to make a shock summer sale in 2021 with Roberto Firmino apparently being considered by Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
According to reports in Spain, Diego Simeone is interested in signing the Brazilian frontman as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who it is also reported that the Reds are potentially eyeing for a return to Anfield.
Despite Firmino being a key player under Jurgen Klopp and talked up as “special” by the German, it might be time for Liverpool to bring their fruitful relationship with the striker to an end.
Since arriving on Merseyside, the former Hoffenheim man has never been the most prolific. In 281 appearances for the club in all competitions, he has scored just 84 times – his most productive campaign coming in 2017/18 where he plundered 27 strikes.
Whilst he has never specifically been tasked with scoring – Firmino’s assist record and his importance to Jurgen Klopp’s system consistently ratifying his inclusion – his numbers are currently the lowest they have ever been.
He has found the net on just six occasions in the Premier League in 2020/21 and at his current rate, he is set to score just twice more which would be his lowest personal season count in the league since the Brazilian’s final campaign in the Bundesliga.
It might then be wise for Liverpool and Michael Edwards to sell considering that depreciation and actually earn a transfer fee for Firmino’s signature before his contract expires in 2023.
Whilst the sale of Firmino would, of course, be a bit of a shock to fans of the Merseyside club, it could now be the right time to think about selling the 45-cap Brazilian.