16 Jun 2015

Agent confirms: 'Irreplaceable' €30m Brazil maestro wanted by Liverpool 'will' sign for a club in 'England'. LFC?

Over the last two years, Liverpool have been constantly linked with a move for 'irreplaceable' Hoffenheim attacker Roberto Firmino, and according to his Agent, the Brazilian ace is definitely heading to the Premier League this summer. The question is, where?

Liverpool were last linked with Firmino in April, when the Liverpool Echo claimed:

"Liverpool are looking for reinforcements next season, and the club is planning to make an offer for Roberto Firmino".

When asked on Monday about Firmino's future, his Agent, Rodger Whittman told Bild:

"All I can say is that he will go to England."

Firmino is aware of Liverpool's interest, and when asked recently about the Reds, he made it clear that a move away is very much on the agenda. He told reporters:

“It is very nice to have a lot of clubs interested in me. I will continue to work even harder so my dreams come true.”

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a fee with Hoffenheim, but perhaps there's a small chance that Liverpool might surprise everyone and finally make a signing that'll excite the fanbase?

Whoever seals the deal will probably have to pay through the nose, though.

Reports in the UK claims that Man United might land the Brazilian for £13m, but that seems unlikely. Indeed, when asked in May about a potential transfer fee, Hoffenheim CEO Peter Rettig told ESPN:

"Anything from €30 million upwards [for Firmino] is not unrealistic, but so far no clubs have made a move"

Is Firmino worth €30m? Stats for the last two seasons:



* 2013-14: 22 goals/16 assists (38) in 37 apps.

* Goal/Assist every 0.9 games

* 2014-15: 10 goals/12 assists (22) in 36 apps.

* Goal/assist every 1.6 games

* TOTALS: 32 goals/28 assists (60) in 73 apps.

* Goal/assist every 1.2 games

60 goals/assists in 73 games? That's a great achievement in one of Europe's best leagues, and it's clear that Firmino is currently proving himself to be one of Europe's most prolific attacking player.

Given his stats, Firmino clearly would've been a much better signing last summer than Lazar Markovic, and it's mystifying why the club didn't go all out to seal the deal.

Unfortunately, though, the horse has probably bolted on this particular transfer.

Last summer, Liverpool had Champions League football to offer (and still signed dross!), but after this season's regression, Man United are probably in the driving seat.

Memphis Depay Mk 2? It's certainly beginning to look that way...

But hey, Liverpool have James Milner and Danny Ings, so who needs Firmino, or Depay :-)


Author: Jaimie K



57 comments:

  1. Yet another ship that looks like it has sailed while we dither and watch others with a plan, work their plan.

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  2. 'But hey, Liverpool have James Milner...'

    No 'F' today? Wow, looks like you're really starting to warm to the Milner signing ;-)

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  3. Hey ,No one sentence snipes are aloud !

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  4. He is not exactly classed as a forward but Brazil have been playing him as a false 9, which if you think about it that is the sort of role Suarez played. If we did get Firmino to go with Sturridge, Ings and Origi I would be quite happy with our new set of forwards, he could be perfect for that no.7 shirt too ............ please Man Utd don't do it again to me!

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  5. Good point regarding Markovic. There were much better options for relatively same price.

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  6. Technically it could be classed as two.
    Technically it could be classed as two.
    Said it twice so I was safe as well :)

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  7. I would absolutely be over the moon if we signed firmino, he's the type of attacking midfielder we've been crying out for. We need to make to this signing happen if possible.

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  8. See I'm wondering if he is becoming more of a forward than an attacking midfielder

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  9. Sell RS, Pay 25m for Firmino and 30 for Lacazette, top 4 here we come.

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  10. Sounds good to me

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  11. We can only dream.

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  12. Milner, Ings and Bogdan.


    Firmino and Lacazette will be over the moon with the ambition we are showing.

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  13. We need players thats going to score us goals mate and I think firmino is that player. I don't mind if they play him as a false nine as long as he brings us goals. If he ends up at the scum i'll be absolutely furious. Fsg need to get their heads out of their ass and start showing they want our club to challenge at the top. I've never knowing this great club of ours to be so quiet, if fsg don't think they can take us forward then they should just sell the club.

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  14. That would be a very good signing. So yes, it'll probably be Man U. He's definitely the type of player Van Gaal likes.

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  15. We only monitor potential players and then wait for our rivals to snap them up.. Nothing wrong with that is it?

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  16. Austin the latest to be linked hah

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  17. Whats very worrying is that theres a group of men at Anfield, "The Committee" who seem to agree on transfers that to every man and his dog don't make any sense. Firminio or Lallana, I mean FFS , how did they think Lallana is a better signing and at that ridiculous price. Its very worrying that these people have such authority within Anfield and are shaping our mid table future. I read today that we will sell Sterling to fund Benteke and Clyne, OMFG!!! Benteke does not suit our style of play, have they not been watching him, and Clyne again will cost £20 m, but hey he's British so lets just pay over the odds again. Did they not see how Luke Shaw did at utd!!!! I am a very positive person but I really feel we are in big trouble here, the only thing I hope for is that when Rogers is sacked, and he will be by Xmas I reckon, we stop this policy of bargain basement and get Klopp or Ancellotti and we restructure and start again. Or else we really are looking down the barrel of mid table mediocrity. Remember what happened to Leeds....Be afraid, be very afraid....

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  18. I don't know why many haven't realize this, Rodgers don't want a player with any kind of calibre. He will probably link to them (to fool some supporters ) then sign dross in the end and task them with an irresponsible hype.
    If sturredge and coutinho were this good I doubt Rodgers will ever recognize them

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  19. Exactly, including Ibe.

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  20. Can you? Dream about anything good for LFC other than sacking BR?

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  21. Agreed. With Brendan still around we are definitely following Leeds route. Give him another 3years.
    I said give him another 3years!

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  22. We don't actually need Depay, he's very much a luxury signing given the more obvious needs we have to address: CDM, RB and experienced ST.
    Firmino too would be a luxury signing but one that we should have gone for if we have not, for the simple reason that Firmino is far better than Depay. In addition as we've seen in recent international matches his link up play with Coutinho is very good and only likely to get better.
    If FSG are against spending this year we should still pick up Nigel De Jong and Gignac both are on frees both in their prime.


    The only good news if United do seal this transfer is that they aren't likely to also pick up Felipe Anderson of Lazio, having both of them in addition to the talent that they already have would likely not end well for us.

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  23. Unfortunately this transfer makes too much sense to happen.
    1. He's not English - therefore he won't be better than average
    2. Looking at his stats and also breaking into the first team of Brazil you have to say he would be value for money, which goes against rules of the transfer committee.
    3. Judging from sky sports Liverpool are too busy in talks with ANOTHER young championship CB.. And ofcourse due to the amount of players we have in that position its more important at this stage.

    Honestly, the summer hasn't even started and I'm already predicting top 10 at best for next season.

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  24. Madhav Chaudhari12:52 pm, June 16, 2015

    Anticipating the budget allocated to BRogers (Based on type of signings so far), I certainly think, this does not fall into our bucket.

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  25. We can forget him and any other top player. But Ian Ayre is in charge of transfer so we should be able to sign some top, top players, no?!

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  26. I say we fans on this site chip in our own money and get him. I will provide a fiver, anyone want to cough up the 29 mill odd remaining......?:(

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  27. Who is this "James Milner" you speak of? Is he James Friggin Milner's cousin?

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  28. You believe this after it's reported all over, but you don't believe that Rodgers is confirmed to stay (at least for the near-future) even though that's being reported all over as well.


    Care to elaborate on the difference and why you believe one set of reports but not the other, in spite of both topics being reported by the same outlets?


    To be clear, that's not meant to stir it up. I'm asking because I'm actually curious to know what your thoughts are.

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  29. I don't think anyone has the false belief those three will lead LFC near the top of the league.


    I think at this point the aim has to be 3rd or 4th.


    But at this point (and it is definitely early with two months before the season starts), I don't see how we finish higher than 5th.

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  30. If they did, I'd be all for it... heaven knows he'd label the departed players and coaches as Outstanding...

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  31. I'd say Ayre tries to be negotiator of the year and we end up buying for 36m. :)

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  32. Being an Athletico lad i doubt at the time Real was an option.

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  33. salaudeen taofeek2:21 pm, June 16, 2015

    hernandez can boost the scoring ability of the kops if sign.

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  34. How about writing an article without denigrating players that have actually signed for us? No need to mention Milner, Ings and Bogdan every article. We get it. We're all underwhelmed but enough is enough.
    And please spare me the usual tough luck response, it's just an civil comment.

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  35. Happy 48th birthday Jürgen Klopp

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  36. Stan Danddeliver2:53 pm, June 16, 2015

    It's nice you can recognise your sisters good looks :)

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  37. My comment dissing the sweeping generalisation on South American players rarely being injured was also removed. C'mon Jamie - surely you can take a bit of a diss a bit more light heartedly. I also note the article been "conveniently" edited to replace South American with the broader Latin American

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  38. Final paragraph of article seems quite well modified now :-)

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  39. Everton getting Deulofeu for £2.2m, Did'nt watch him last season & apparently he struggled, but thought he was quality for them 2 seasons ago.

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  40. I do that all the time.... Probably doing it now....

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  41. Happy coincidence, me too....

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  42. Is that a short term view....?

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  43. It is Real, if they had thought he was good they'd take him. Done before..

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  44. Good shout. We keep spending average money on 'potential'. Here we have actual statistics.

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  45. I suppose I disagree, too. Lightweight is subjective. This isn't rugby, and Hernandez is no more lightweight than Owen or, ahem, Messi. Enthusiasm can be regained after a nice cup of coffee with a new manager. Tevez might be past his prime, but he's still a damn good striker. Reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated. He needn't play every week, but when he does, he'll still be way better than Lambert, Balotelli, Borini, Ings, Austin, or whichever striker we've been linked to (I'm sure you'll agree that we have no chance of signing Lacazette).


    Anyway, I meant "satisying" in the sense of beating United with two of their ex-strikers.

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  46. Valid points throughout. Well said

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  47. Lallana : 27 app, 5 goals


    Di Maria: 27 app, 3 goals


    Could you imagine if BR had signed DM for £60m of the Suarez money and he got 3 goals?

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  48. He writes his own material you know...

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  49. That is why no BR- slaters responded to Simon or to me now, nor will they ever.. Because they would have to concede not everything in football is black and white (almost nothing is).

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  50. Yokohama Liverpool Fan12:18 am, June 17, 2015

    Nevermind Agger and Kuyt. The likes of Stoke used us for shooting practice and we can't seem to concede less than 50 goals a season.

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  51. Yokohama Liverpool Fan12:19 am, June 17, 2015

    Suarez was top notch as well.

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  52. Yokohama Liverpool Fan12:38 am, June 17, 2015

    If I were on the transfer committee I would make Lacazette, Vietto, Firminho, one of Kondogbia, Carvalho or Nainggolan to beef up the MF and Clyne at RB for my top targets and target Martinez, Falcao, Konoplyanka, Illamerindi, Montoya as a plan B.

    Maybe Rafa can cut us a good deal on some Real Madrid fringe players whether it be a loan. Would be an improvement on what we have.

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  53. He gone!!! I wish we would sign him and it would completely jolt the mode of us fans who are 1 more asinine signing from suicide......

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  54. Agree 100% Logan but alas I have zero confidence that would ever happen especially given br's judgment and past track record and Ayre's closing skills...
    Solution; Dial 1-800-go Klopp. Operators are standing by......

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  55. Yokohama Liverpool Fan5:24 am, June 17, 2015

    Last summer we got Lovren when we were better off keeping Agger, Lallana instead of Firminho, Markovic instead of a more established player like Gaitan, Lambert instead of Remy, Balotelli instead of Bony after failing to bring in Sanchez and Shaqiri.

    After one of the worst transfer windows in living memory for the amount of money spent we are continuing to fail in bringing in or even targeting what every man and his dog can see as players that will get us back in contention.

    If the FSG policy is buy them young why did we not even go in for Ericksen or Depay.

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  56. Yokohama Liverpool Fan5:29 am, June 17, 2015

    Sell the deadwood and bring in Kondogbia or Nainggolan for the holding position, a quality CB and RB and then we will challenge for the title.

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