Liverpool: Star man arrested; midfielder allowed to leave; winger interest stepped up
In a shock news story, forward Roberto Firmino was arrested in the early hours of Christmas Eve for drink driving, claim the Independent. The 25-year-old was stopped by police in Liverpool city centre and has since been charged with the offence, with a court date set for next month.
The ex-Hoffenheim man is still available for the Reds and if found guilty will face a driving ban and fine, but there have been calls for him to be dropped as punishment for his poor conduct and to ease the pressure on him.
Another Brazilian may not be a Liverpool player for much longer as the Guardian report that Lucas will be allowed to leave the club in January after 9 and a half years service. Inter Milan are keen to bring him to the San Siro on a loan deal which is expected to go through in January.
The midfielder, who has made all three of his starts in the Premier League this season in defence, is one of Liverpool’s more experienced players but has struggled for regular game time this campaign so his exit will come as no surprise to many.
That may help to finance a move for Dutch forward Quincy Promes, say the Mirror. The Spartak Moscow man can play on either wing or centrally in a front three and has scored six goals and set up another seven in 14 league games for his current club this season.
The 24-year-old reportedly has a release clause set at just £20 million and would seemingly be the perfect replacement for the absence of Sadio Mane when he travels to the African Cup of Nations and would also provide depth beyond Philippe Coutinho on the left flank, something Klopp is thought to be keen to add.
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