Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that he expects Roberto Firmino to run his contract at Liverpool down and leave in June 2023 on a free transfer. Carragher thought he was “brilliant” on Tuesday night, at Southampton.
Firmino, 31, has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield over the last couple of seasons – largely thanks to the signings of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz. This season, he has only been afforded 10 Premier League starts.
However, he has scored 11 goals in his 33 games in all competitions. Like Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Brazil ace is out of contract in 2023. A new deal has not been discussed publicly.
Asked about the future of Firmino following his performance in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Southampton, Carragher thinks he will run his contract down and leave next summer. He believes he is one of the greats of Klopp’s era.
“He was brilliant. In the first half, when Liverpool weren’t at their best, he was fantastic. He wasn’t signed by Klopp, signed by Rodgers. Liverpool didn’t know what they were going to do with him,” Carragher said.
“What he has done for this football club, the miles he has ran. It is what he brings to this team, not so much now. He’s right near the top in terms of the Klopp era. I think he will run his out of contract out, and leave on a free.”
Carragher: Firmino to leave Liverpool on a free, right decision?
Firmino has fallen by the wayside of late and it is no fault of his own – but simply, the Reds have brought in younger, quicker players. The Brazilian still has plenty to offer, as proven by his 11 goals during the 21-22 season.
With Divock Origi set to go and potentially the likes of Takumi Minamino following him, the Reds need a back-up striker next term and Firmino could fill that role. Could Liverpool sell him to bring some cash in this summer?
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