Just as Jurgen Klopp’s side appeared to be completely settled for the start of the new campaign, Roberto Firmino transfer reports have intensified. Whether Liverpool can be convinced to sell is another matter, but the most recent report seems to indicate that talks have quite advanced.
According to the Italian publication Corriere dello Sport (via Paisley Gates), Firmino is “ready to sign” for Juventus and is most concerned about getting a place at the World Cup. In the meantime, a transfer is said to be quite close.
There is reportedly a £19 million bid on the table. It is plausible that Liverpool have been enticed by such an offer given that Firmino has only one year left on his contract, but for FSG, it is hardly a game-changing number. It appears much more likely that they may prefer to take the chance of letting him leave for nothing the next summer in order to benefit from his talents in the upcoming campaign.
However, Jurgen Klopp rarely keeps an unhappy player, so if Firmino is fervently pushing for a transfer, the situation may change. Although the disruption so close to the start of the season is not ideal, the player has complete control.
New contract confirmed
According to the official club website, Liverpool has handed Luke Chambers a new contract.
The 18-year-old defender has only signed his first professional contract last year, but he has already proven himself deserving of a new one. He participated in the pre-season Asian tour and made appearances against Manchester United and Crystal Palace.
He led England to win the under-19 European Championships this summer. He previously served as a regular captain for the Liverpool under-18s. It would be intriguing to watch if he moves up an age group in the coming season because Liverpool obviously thinks he has a promising future.