Bundesliga director on the future of £30m Liverpool linked stars

1899 Hoffenheim - Borussia Dortmund 13.08.2011

Hoffenheim believe they can keep Liverpool linked Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino.

Bundesliga side Hoffenheim pulled off a big victory over the summer by retaining the services of their two brightest talents.

They held off interest in Roberto Firmino and Kevin Volland from abroad, with Liverpool linked with the signatures of both players.

Brazilian attacking midfielder Firmino scored 16 goals and provided 11 assists, and has this season scored once and provided three.

German under-21 star Volland scored 11 times and created four goals, although is yet to get off the mark this campaign.

Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rose told Sport1 that he is confident the club will not lose either of the pair in January.

He said: "I'm relatively confident of their stay here. The possibility of a farewell is not something that concerns us in the short term .

"Sometimes a sale is inevitable, but this is not the case."

In Firmino's case in particular, Liverpool should take a second look. At only 23-years-old his best years are ahead of him and he is already proving himself as a game-changer in one of Europe's toughest leagues.

The Brazilian would take the pressure off Coutinho, who has so far struggled for form early on this campaign. Brendan Rodgers no doubt hopes Lazar Markovic can do so, and also relieve the focus from Raheem Sterling, but adding another dynamic option to their attack would go a long way to helping them reach the top four once again.

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