Jurgen Klopp has performed down ideas Roberto Firmino might depart Liverpool this summer time, insisting he nonetheless has an “important” function to play at Anfield.
Reports in Italy earlier this week urged Firmino was closing in on a transfer to Juventus, whereas he has additionally been linked with Newcastle in current months.
But Klopp has confirmed the 30-year-old won’t be going anyplace as he stays a useful member of the Reds’ squad.
“Bobby is crucial for us,” Klopp advised a press convention forward of Saturday’s Community Shield towards Manchester City.
“Bobby is [the] the guts and soul of this staff. The method we performed the previous couple of years was solely potential as a result of of Bobby. That’s why I’m very glad that he was capable of practice more often than not right here within the pre-season up to now and every thing is trying actually good.
“I feel absolutely fine and for me there is no doubt about his quality. Everything else we will see how it goes this year, but yes, he is crucial for us.”
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The emergence of Diogo Jota and the signing of Luis Diaz noticed Firmino’s taking part in time at Liverpool considerably diminished final season.
After making over 30 Premier League begins for 5 consecutive campaigns, the Brazilian performed from the off simply 10 instances in 2021/22, whereas making simply an extra 10 appearances from the bench.
While Sadio Mane – who performed the second half of final season by the center reverse Firmino and Jota – has left Bayern Munich, Klopp has bolstered his hanging choices with the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica.