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Liverpool have cause for concern with Roberto Firmino’s release clause

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Liverpool have cause for concern with Roberto Firmino’s release clause

Roberto Firmino has been one of the stars of the season for Liverpool with 27 goals and 16 assists from 49 appearances, but there may be cause for concern for fans given that his release clause is surprisingly affordable for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

JOE say that his release clause is as low as £83 million, little more than half of the £142 million that Barcelona paid to sign former team-mate Philippe Coutinho as recently as January despite offering fewer goals and assists at the time.

Firmino has been a key part of the Liverpool side up-front alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, yet has often been undervalued given just how much he has contributed to the success of his team-mates as well as himself.

With the Daily Mail saying that Liverpool would turn down £200 million for the Egyptian, it is difficult to understand how Liverpool are allowing Firmino’s release clause to remain so low.

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At the time of him signing the contract in 2015, that would have been a huge fee, but in the current market it would be a bargain given his incredible form this season both in terms of goals scored and created.

Jurgen Klopp spoke of the importance of retaining the likes of Firmino, directly addressing the concern and insisting that a new deal for the number nine is a priority.

“It is very important for both sides. I think everything we are doing, the way we play, the way we give him the opportunity constantly to play – he deserves that,” he said.

“It is important to keep these players who are at a good age and when there is still space for improvement. There is no doubt we want to do that. You can imagine we try to do that. But they all have contracts. It’s not that their contracts are ending in the summer.”

Alongside a Champions League campaign that exceeded expectations, Liverpool must ensure that their first priority in the summer is to retain one of their key forwards in Firmino to a long-term contract with at the very least a much higher release clause.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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