Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino’s name has been mentioned as a possible transfer target for Barcelona.
Mundo Deportivo have reported that the Spanish heavyweights have drawn up a shortlist of names to replace Luis Suarez at the Nou Camp, with the 32-year-old Uruguayan coming to the end of his playing career.
Apparently Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe would be the ideal signing, and England stars Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford are also being considered.
Firmino’s name was also mentioned by the report, but the Brazilian is thought not to be a priority for the Catalans.
That will come as a relief to Reds fans, who lost Philippe Coutinho to the same club in January 2018.
Coutinho was a key player for Liverpool, but was sold for a reported fee of £142 million (BBC Sport).
Firmino has become a vital player for Liverpool over the last few years and has stepped up considerably since the departure of his compatriot.
A firm fans’ favourite, Firmino is regularly praised for his selfless style and intelligent play which allows the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to flourish at Anfield.
Liverpool fans react
Reds supporters have reacted to Firmino being linked to Barca exactly how one might expect:
Meanwhile reports claim that Firmino replied “are Barcelona Everton in disguise?”
In other news, Liverpool are still 8 points clear and are still European Champions.
Jog on, he’s going nowhere.
— Paul Willey (@PaulWilley10) 13 October 2019
After the way they treated his mate Countinho they’ve got no chance!!! 😂😂
— Gareth Hughes (@NQOsprey) 13 October 2019
Better sell messi then
— Alan hoey (@Yuggahoey) 13 October 2019
150million plus the extra premium we put in the Coutinho sale. 250 mil then
— Christopher poole (@CmPooley1972) 13 October 2019
£200 mill then
— Jack boy (@bigben5689) 13 October 2019
Bobby wouldn’t take a step backwards
— Sickboysparks (@sickboysparks) 13 October 2019
— Samantha Horrobin (@SamanthaHorrobi) 13 October 2019
When he’s ready for a downgrade maybe.
— 🏆🏆🏆$DoGsHaRk$ 🏆🏆🏆 (@Dogshark666) 13 October 2019
Hopefully his good mate Coutinho will warn him off joining them !!!!🙏
— Gareth Williams (@gazza162) 13 October 2019
200m plus Suarez plus Coutinho and it’s a deal
— MJStroud (@stroud1970) 13 October 2019
No way – he loves Liverpool
— The Anfield Buzz (@anfield_buzz) 13 October 2019