Pundit on future of player for whom Liverpool demand more than £15m
Alex McLeish has suggested forward Roberto Firmino could look to quit Liverpool this summer over his playing time at Anfield.
The former Scotland boss, speaking to Football Insider, said the 30-year-old star would have to be sad about something to push for a transfer away.
As reported by a Catalan outlet El Nacional last week, Liverpool are prepared to let the Brazilian go in the summer for £16.6 million (€20 million).
He suggested Firmino, whose contract expires in June 2023, would remain on Merseyside if the player is satisfied with his place in the roster.
Alex told Football Insider: “The main man in there knows these players from top to bottom. We can only speculate and say that Liverpool may want to balance the books.
“Does Firmino want one last hoorah and seek new adventures? I guess if the player’s happy, he’ll stay at Liverpool. That’s what I feel.
“If he’s not, if he wants more game team then and he wants to go, those are things we don’t know.
“So I’m not about to say to Liverpool they should sell him. It’s one for them to decide. He’s been a terrific player.”
The South American has struggled with injuries this campaign. The striker has played 18 times for the Reds across all competitions.
The former Hoffenheim man’s absence has allowed the Portugal international Diogo Jota to establish himself as a regular this season.