Roberto Firmino was sacked by Liverpool last summer and a brand new Reds team is fighting for the title. But the striker could return to the Premier League in six months.
Liverpool made headlines last summer for rebuilding their midfield. However, significant changes have also taken place in the attack, and the stable Roberto Firmino left after the contract expired.
Only Mohamed Salah remains in Jurgen Klopp’s iconic universe in the winning triangle. Even as Liverpool 2.0 takes shape, the Egyptian remains a central figure, but other forwards are gradually gaining popularity, while a new midfielder has helped breathe new life into the media.
The result is a somewhat surprising title push. Liverpool have benefited from City’s dip in form but are still on track to pick up a very respectable number of points, even without taking into account their usual surge in the second half of the season.
So Liverpool don’t miss Firmino much, but the Reds may miss him. Life in Saudi Arabia has gotten off to an incredible start with a hat-trick on debut for new club Al-Ahli, but the Brazilian is far from done.
In fact, Firmino has even dropped the pecking order, opening up a January move. According to HITC, three Premier League clubs are still interested in him despite his poor performances in Saudi Arabia.
Crystal Palace, Fulham and West Ham are understood to have shown some interest. As for Firmino, he remains happy with Al-Ahli but “could be open to a return to the Premier League”.
Marco Silva is described as “keen” on a deal and while it could be more of an observation for the two other clubs, there is no guarantee the 32-year-old will be available anyway.
Liverpool.com says: There’s a curious link between all three of Firmino’s apparent suitors. Liverpool plays Crystal Palace, Fulham and then West Ham in successive fixtures in April. By then, the Premier League will be approaching the business end. After the West Ham match, there will be just three fixtures left.
So if Liverpool are still in contention for the title by then, Firmino could make for a dramatic story. If he joins one of the three clubs mentioned above, he could play a key role in his old club’s push for the trophy.