Liverpool have already let go of nine players this summer with only three new faces joining the ranks at Anfield, but now there could be another big-name departure before the end of the transfer window.
According to Italian news outlet Corriere Dello Sport, Juventus are now in advanced negotiations to sign Liverpool star Roberto Firmino this summer.
As per the report, the Serie A giants are desperate to bring in attacking reinforcements after struggling to secure a permanent move for Alvaro Morata and have identified Firmino as an alternative.
The report suggests that Juve have tabled an offer worth £19m to Liverpool, but are looking at various options including Timo Werner from Chelsea.
With Sadio Mane, Taki Minamino and Divock Origi already making a move away from Merseyside this summer, Liverpool supporters will surely be fuming if Firmino is set to meet a similar fate this summer as the forward line has already been weakened enough.
If the Brazilian forward was to leave the club this summer it would leave Liverpool with a very inexperienced forward line with Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho only joining last month and Luis Diaz signing a deal six months ago, which could hinder the Reds opportunity to complete another season fighting for trophies in all competitions.
Firmino has been one of the driving forces to make up the famous front three with his goal chasing partners Mohamed Salah and Mane playing a huge part in the success delivered during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure.
The 30-year-old joined the Merseyside giants seven years ago, quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite tallying up 327 appearances, scoring 98 goals and delivering 74 assists with a goal contribution every 136 minutes, proving that he has been a consistent and reliable performer when called upon by Klopp.
The Liverpool manager has always spoken very highly of his Brazilian number nine and outlined his credentials in an interview last season (via This is Anfield):
“He’s a very important player for us, he’s a connector. He’s the best offensive defender I ever saw in my life, definitely,”
“He’s a ball chaser, he’s incredibly smart with all the things he’s doing, technically on the highest level and is able to play in the smallest spaces.”
“Everybody loves Bobby, there is no doubt about it. How can you not?”
With that being said, it would be a huge shock to the Anfield faithful if Firmino was to depart in the next few weeks, despite being in the last 12 months of his contract he is clearly a highly valued member of the team who would be hard to let go of.