Liverpool could be left with a big decision to make next summer amid reports that Real Madrid are keen on their Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino.
The 29-year-old, who has been at the club since 2015, scored for the first time this campaign in the 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday and has been a supporters’ favourite at Anfield for many years.
But some have criticised Firmino’s recent lack of goals, with the No.9 finding the net just nine times in the top-flight last season.
And his long-term future is lived to be in the balance, with Spanish outlet Todofichajes stating La Liga giants Madrid are keen on the player.
They believe that the Galacticos are preparing for a busy summer next summer after deciding not to splash the cash in the most recent transfer market amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
And it is also alleged that Roberto himself would be interested in a new start after winning almost everything possible during his five years in Liverpool.
All of this leaves Liverpool and head coach Jurgen Klopp with something of a dilemma as to whether or not to allow him to leave.
On the one hand, there can be no doubt that he has been a vital player under Klopp, and has been practically an ever-present ever since the transfer from Hoffenheim.
It’d be a big risk letting Firmino go, especially as the club currently do not have another striker in exactly the same mould as Roberto.
On the other hand, at the age of 29, there could be an argument to be made that Firmino is currently in his peak, and is not likely to improve any further.