Parlour defends the gamble he feels Liverpool have just taken

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Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour has suggested that Liverpool have taken a gamble by signing Brazilian Roberto Firmino.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels Liverpool’s move for Roberto Firmino is a gamble.

The club confirmed a deal for the Brazilian yesterday, which the BBC has claimed is in the region of £29 million as manager Brendan Rodgers adds another talented attacker to his squad for the new season.

While suggesting the move was a risk for Liverpool, Parlour also told talkSPORT that he feels it’s one that the Reds simply had to take.

“Look, I think it’s a big gamble by them but you have to take gambles sometimes in football – It will be interesting to see how he does,” he said.

“He gives them options – I can see him playing just in behind.”

Why is it a gamble?

It’s arguably a gamble because of the reported fee, which could have been used by Rodgers to target more than one player in other areas of the squad.

It’s a big commitment for the club to make with regards to a player coming from an arguably weaker club in a division where the football isn’t anywhere near as competitive as it is in England.

It could also be considered a gamble considering the importance of Philippe Coutinho, unless Rodgers intends to use Firmino at the very top of his attack.

Why isn’t it a gamble?

One of the best things about this deal for Liverpool is Firmino’s versatility.

He provides a good option as a playmaker and he’s also got experience of having played through the middle of an attack as a striker.

Liverpool could also still make an accumulative profit stacking this deal up against selling Raheem Sterling to Manchester City.

The Daily Mail claims that Manchester City could pay £50 million for Sterling, which could leave Liverpool with Firmino in the bank with change to spare.

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