Jurgen Klopp, the head coach of Liverpool Football Club has squashed rumours of a potential exit for Roberto Firmino amidst swirling transfer speculations.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the highly-anticipated Community Shield final against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday, the German gaffer debunked rumours of a potential exit for Firmino, revealing the forward’s importance to the squad.
Bobby is crucial for us, the heart and soul of this team,” Klopp said via Liverpool Echo.
“Everything looks really good and I am absolutely fine with Firmino. For me, no doubt about his quality, so yes, he is essential for us”.
Roberto Firmino, who turns 31 years in October, has been linked with a move away from the Anfield based club in recent weeks, with reports claiming Liverpool are looking to offload the Brazilian international.
Injuries and the arrival of Portuguese attacker, Diogo Jota and Columbian winger Luis Diaz saw the 30-year-old fall down the pecking order at the Merseyside outfit as he was limited to just 10 starts in the Premier League last season.
While he remained effective, registering 16 goal involvements in 35 appearances across all competitions, he could drop further in Klopp’s proffered attacking options following the record signing of ex-Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
Serie A champions Juventus have been linked with a swoop for Bobby Firmino as Allegri looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2022-23 Italian campaign.
The Brazilian teamed up with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to form the deadly attacking trio crucial in Liverpool’s rise to dominance in recent years.
However, while the Egyptian superstar recently signed a long-term contract with the English outfit, Mane opted to jump ship this summer, signing for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
“We lost Sadio who was a fixed member of the lineup for six years, he told us he wanted a new challenge,” Klopp added.
“He told us early enough and we accepted it. We had time to prepare that and that’s what we did.”
Roberto Firmino, who has 12 months left on his current contract, has made 322 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 95 goals and providing 65 assists.