James Pearce has told the Red Agenda podcast that he would be ‘amazed’ if Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino isn’t at Anfield next season.
Firmino has endured a difficult campaign at Liverpool this term, where he has failed to reach double figures for goals.
With Liverpool surely looking to invest in their attack in the summer there has been some suggestions that the Brazilian’s place at Anfield could come under threat.
Firmino is reaching a stage, at 29, where his value is surely only going to decrease.
But Pearce suggests that he doesn’t think that Liverpool actually have any plans to offload Firmino any time soon.
“I’d be amazed if he was moved on this summer because Klopp absolutely adores him,” Pearce said.
“We’ve been so used to Firmino being one of the first names on the team sheet for most of his Liverpool career and I just don’t think that can be the case going forward.”
Firmino’s role in Liverpool’s side has already become slightly reduced this season, following the arrival of Diogo Jota.
If the Reds now do go out and land another number nine he may really see his place come under threat next term.
Firmino was rarely judged on his goals at Liverpool. due to the quality of his link-up play and how much work he put in to press from the front.
However, he simply hasn’t proved ruthless enough for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term and that has hurt them.
Liverpool’s attack has not been at its devastating best all season and as much as defensive injuries have affected them, their lack of a clinical finisher up-front, outside of Mohamed Salah, has also been felt.
Liverpool are now fighting a real battle to claim a top four spot, with Klopp’s side looking like outsiders to have Champions League football on offer next term.