'The end': £180k-a-week Liverpool star backed to leave Anfield after big news yesterday
Liverpool have pulled off yet another surprise January signing as Cody Gakpo officially became a Reds player on Wednesday.
A year on from Liverpool landing Luis Diaz ahead of Tottenham, the Reds signed Gakpo ahead of the likes of Manchester United.
‘Liverpool Football Club have reached an agreement for the transfer of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven, subject to a work permit,’ the club announced on Wednesday.
‘The 23-year-old forward will officially become a Reds player at the start of the January transfer window after agreeing personal terms and successfully completing a medical at the AXA Training Centre.’
Gakpo’s arrival means Jurgen Klopp has brought in three new forwards aged 25 and under to Liverpool in the space of 12 months.
The Netherlands international will join Diaz and Darwin Nunez at Anfield as the Reds look to return to Premier League title contention.
For years, Liverpool boasted one of the fiercest front lines in world football. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were devastating in their prime.
Mane has since left, and it remains to be seen what the future holds for Firmino at Anfield.
The £29million man’s contract runs out at the end of the season.
Although Firmino has impressed this season, Gakpo’s arrival may well push him down the pecking order.
Liverpool cult hero Jose Enrique feels “this is the end” for the Brazil international’s time at Anfield.
Enrique took to Instagram with his opinion, writing: “I believe this means this is the end of Firmino with us
“It happened when we signed Luis Diaz with Mane.
“I believe it’s going to be the same this time with Gakpo and Firmino. Do you agree?”
Firmino likely to stick around until the summer – TBR View
It really does seem as though Firmino’s days at Anfield are numbered now.
Although Firmino has been in great form this season, and remains a key player for Klopp, his expiring contract and lack of new deal so far suggests he’s not planning to stick around for long.
That said, we don’t feel Klopp will look to sell the £180,000-a-week star in January, despite the prospect of losing him for nothing in the summer.
Liverpool would be better off keeping Firmino around until the end of the season. He genuinely offers so much to the team that he could help drag them over the line domestically and in Europe.
We really can’t see Liverpool getting rid in January for the sake of a minimal transfer fee. Besides, it’s not like the Reds are desperate for the money.
But at the end of the season, it’s looking increasingly likely that Firmino could up sticks and go elsewhere.
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