Report: Liverpool now face competition from Barcelona for Junior Firpo

Hector Junior Firpo Adames of Real Betis Balompie reacts during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis Balompie at Wanda Metropolitano on October 7, 2018 in...

Liverpool have been tracking the Real Betis ace all summer long, according to reports.

Real Betis Balompie defender Junior Firpo (20) celebrates scoring the goal during the match FC Barcelona against Real Betis Balompie, for the round 12 of the Liga Santander, played at Camp...

According to a report from Spanish media outlet Marca, Liverpool will now face strong competition from Barcelona for Real Betis ace Junior Firpo.

The 22-year-old really impressed for Betis last season, racking up three goals and four assists in 24 La Liga appearances, and he seems to have all of the attributes needed to go on and become a real star in the game.

 

Spanish publication Mucho Deporte claimed earlier this month that Liverpool were leading the race to sign the Spain under-21 international.

It doesn't seem as though the Reds will have things all their own way now, however.

Junior Firpo of Real Betis Balompie celebrates after scoring during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Real Sociedad at Estadio Benito Villamari on DECEMBER 2, 2018 in...

Spanish media outlet Marca claims that Barcelona are extremely interested in signing €50 million-rated (£45 million) Firpo to provide competition for Jordi Alba.

So it seems as though Liverpool will now really have to up their game, if they want to bring the Betis ace to Anfield.

The Reds do have Andy Robertson as their first choice left-back, but having lost Alberto Moreno on a free transfer, Jurgen Klopp must bring in another left-sided defender to challenge the Scotland international for his place in the side.

Hector Junior Firpo Adames (R) of Real Betis competes for the ball with Andrew Hjulsager of RC Celta de Vigo during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and RC Celta de Vigo at...

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