The news of Roberto Firmino’s likely departure from Liverpool couldn’t have come at a worse time
Firmino is reportedly likely to leave the Reds at the conclusion of the season, according to reports that surfaced on Friday afternoon. With Liverpool set to face Manchester United this weekend, Michael Brown told BBC Football Daily that the timing was completely inconvenient.
“What I don’t understand is why it’s being released now. Why are we learning about his departure from the football team on the night of a crucial game for them? “I just don’t get it,” Brown grumbled.
Despite just signing a new contract with Brighton, Liverpool could still sign Moises Caicedo this summer.
Shay Given believes the youngster might be influenced by a substantial offer from the Reds if they act on their rumored interest in the 21-year-old.
The Ecuadorian is still a transfer target for Anfield and other clubs, according to the Telegraph, even after signing new terms at the Amex Stadium.
“If Liverpool come in tomorrow for a summer move and throw the money down and say, ‘there’s X amount, we want you,” the former Premier League goalkeeper remarked of Caicedo on the BBC 5Live Football Daily podcast (via Liverpool ECHO).
“His head will be turned again since he will be on a bigger contract again, most likely if he joins to a Champions League club.”
Given may have a fair argument here, and depending on where Liverpool finishes in the Premier League this season, it may be worth testing the waters with Caicedo.
Despite signing a new contract with Brighton, he reportedly planned to leave during the January transfer window (Evening Standard), having appeared to be on the verge of joining Arsenal on deadline day (The Mirror).
The Seagulls have had a track of of cashing in on valuable assets when the price is right, having sold Marc Cucurella, Ben White, Leandro Trossard, and Yves Bissouma to ‘big six’ teams for large sums (Transfermarkt).
Much depends on whether Liverpool secures Champions League status for 2023/24, which might turn Caicedo’s head, or if they miss out on Europe’s best club competition.
It’s not unfathomable that both the Reds and Brighton will be in the Europa League next season, making Anfield a far less appealing destination for the midfielder, who is reputedly valued at £70 million by his present club (Liverpool ECHO).