Roberto Firmino has been an important player for Liverpool since his arrival from Hoffenheim in 2015. However, there has been some recent debate over his place in the side, with the Brazilian looking to leave this summer. Here are some reasons why the Reds should fight keep hold of the forward.
Work-rate and team spirit
Firmino is a unique striker who offers far more than just goals. The Brazilian's incredible work-rate is key to Liverpool's pressing game, and he has repeatedly shown himself to be a selfless team player, setting up attacking moves and creating space for his teammates to score. He also provides vital experience and leadership on the pitch, something which Jurgen Klopp will be keen to retain.
One of the main reasons why Firmino is such a valuable asset to Liverpool is his ability to adapt to different roles depending on the opposition. The Brazilian is capable of playing as a centre-forward, a false nine, or even as a deeper-lying attacking midfielder. This versatility has been particularly important this season, with Liverpool suffering injuries to key players in attack, forcing them to frequently shuffle their front line.
Firmino has developed a reputation as a big-match player during his time at Liverpool. He has scored memorable goals in high-pressure games, including a brace in the Club World Cup final against Flamengo in 2019 and his recent strike against Manchester United. His ability to raise his game in important matches makes him an invaluable member of the squad.
Alternative transfer targets
If Liverpool were to sell Firmino, they would need to find a replacement who can offer what he brings to the team. Finding a striker who can match his work-rate, flexibility and mentality would be a difficult task, particularly in light of Liverpool's current financial situation given the impact of Covid-19.
While Firmino's goal-scoring record may not be as impressive as some of his Premier League rivals, his all-around contribution to the team is unmatched. This season, Firmino has been directly involved in 15 goals, showing that he can still be productive in front of goal. In light of Liverpool's recent injury troubles, his flexibility and big-game mentality have become even more valuable. It would be wise for Liverpool to hold on to the Brazilian for at least a short-term.