Jamie Carragher warns Jurgen Klopp he must keep Roberto Firmino at Liverpool this season or risk getting ‘caught short’ in the title race… as he admits doubts over whether Darwin Nunez will need ‘time to settle’ after £85m move
- Roberto Firmino has a year remaining on his current Liverpool contract
- Jamie Carragher has warned Jurgen Klopp to keep the Brazilian at the club
- He says Liverpool are better off losing Firmino for nothing than get caught short
- The former defender believes new striker Darwin Nunez may need time to settle
Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp to keep Roberto Firmino amid reports linking the Brazilian to Juventus.
Firmino’s current contract with Liverpool expires next summer and there have been no indications that a new offer is on the table.
Former defender Carragher believes Liverpool should risk losing the 30-year-old for nothing next year rather than get ‘caught short’ when it matters this season.
Jamie Carragher (left) says Liverpool must keep Roberto Firmino for the upcoming season
Speaking to Football Daily, Carragher said: ‘I don’t think it’s a risk losing him for nothing. I have felt for a couple of years now that Firmino would see this contract out and move on for nothing.
‘I think getting £19m or keeping Firmino next season, I would probably keep him. The situation Liverpool find themselves in, they don’t want to be caught short.
‘I think Firmino will have a big role. Listen, Nunez might take time to settle and he is playing in the Premier League. And that’s not just about his ability, it’s about coming to a different league.
Firmino has a year remaining on his current Liverpool deal and has been linked to Juventus
‘So, I think Firmino could be really important this season and I think he might actually start the first few games of the season and I can imagine Nunez coming off the bench.’
‘I am not quite sure about the Juventus links. Obviously, we have spent a lot of money on a striker and Juventus play a 4-3-3, if I am not mistaken, so I couldn’t see Firmino playing wide or going there to be an understudy.
‘The links may be true, I don’t know, but I would keep him.’
Carragher believes £85million striker Darwin Nunez may need time to settle into the league
Firmino has been an integral part of Liverpool’s success in recent years, having won the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup.
He has scored 98 goals in 328 appearances for the Reds since joining from Hoffenheim in 2015, but he has played less following the success of Diogo Jota since he joined from Wolves in 2020.
Firmino’s former strike partner Sadio Mane has moved on to Bayern Munich this summer but Firmino reiterated his desire to stay at Anfield following Saturday’s 3-1 Community Shield win over Manchester City. He told TNT Sports Brasil: ‘I love this team, this city and the fans. I’m here. I want to stay of course.’
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