Liverpool are second in the English Premier League and in with a real chance of winning the title this season. That’s been achieved without Roberto Firmino being in top form. Could January see the Brazilian leave Anfield?
Last season saw Firmino score 27 goals in all competitions but so far this term he’s only managed five. A change in the system employed by Jurgen Klopp has affected him and even his boss says his attacking output has diminished. Perhaps he needs a new start and there are plenty of teams out there who’d consider giving him that.
Barcelona Looking for European Triumph
Last January, Barcelona signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. They already have Luis Suarez so could Firmino make it a trio of ex-Liverpool players? Barcelona only top La Liga by a point and would love to win the Champions League again. Adding Firmino to their squad, perhaps even offering Dembele in a swap deal could improve their chances of having another memorable season. It’s 9/2 at Paddy Power on Firmino signing for Barcelona in January.
There are some major considerations to look at in this potential situation. Liverpool aren’t certain to reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League this season. Their options might change if they fail to make it past the group stages.
What will Neymar Do?
Then there’s Neymar and what his future has in store in the coming weeks. He’s rumoured to be unhappy at PSG (who also might not make it into the Champions League knock-out stages) and would love a return to Barcelona. If that was to happen in January, then the focus would then switch to who the French champions sign as a replacement and it’s 12/1 at Betfair that they might just look towards Firmino.
Real Madrid Need to Strengthen
In any transfer saga about a top player Real Madrid always come into the equation. They haven’t had a strong start to the season and already replaced their coach. With a Champions League title and hopefully a La Liga title challenge, they will be looking to strengthen their squad in January.
Firmino is younger than both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, neither of whom have been able to score at the level of the departed Cristiano Ronaldo. They could well have Firmino on their shortlist and it’s 9/1 at Paddy Power that the Brazilian heads to Real next month but only time will tell.
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