Barcelona lining up next Liverpool target, reports suggest

Barcelona lining up next Liverpool target, reports suggest

Odds have shortened on another fan-favourite making the move to the Catalan giants.

Liverpool fans should know by now not to become too attached to their star players. Now reports in Spain suggest there is a possibility that Roberto Firmino will be the latest star to be poached by the La Liga leaders. He would of course be following the same route as El Clasico hero Luis Suarez and most notably, fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho.

Of the clubs linked to a move for the 27-year-old, Barcelona lead the market. Originally priced at 6/1 when markets opened, a move to the Nou Camp has been clipped in to 9/2. That currently translates as an 18.2% implied probability of his next club being Barcelona.

Outside of their managerial woes, Real Madrid are struggling for firepower at the moment. The European champions are priced at 9/1, second favourites to make a move for Firmino.

A key part of the Reds’ attack since the departure of Coutinho, Klopp seems to have nurtured the best out of Firmino, developing him into a distinguished central striker.

Firmino is now joint second in Liverpool’s all-time Champions League top scorer list, behind Steven Gerrard. With consistent performances in the club’s journey to the Champions League final last year and a strong start to this year’s competition, it was only a matter of time before he attracted major European suitors.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “The lure of the Spanish league is nothing new, especially among Brazilian players.”

“Though Firmino seems to be happy playing his football at Anfield at the moment, the same could have been said for the high-profile departures to Barcelona in the past. It’s certainly one to watch over the course of the season.”

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