By Frank McAvennie

18th Sep, 2022 | 12:00pm

Expert can't believe Roberto Firmino could sign Liverpool deal amid transfer claim

Frank McAvennie has backed Roberto Firmino to leave Liverpool at the end of the season as the Merseysiders look to “younger” options in the transfer market.

The former Celtic and West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, praised the performances of replacements Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez during the 2-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday (13 September).

Firmino dropped to the bench to be replaced by Diogo Jota against the Dutch giants – despite notching three goals and three assists in five Premier League outings this term.

The Brazil international is in the final year of his contract at Anfield and has shown no signs of a potential renewal.

Liverpool looked to youth in the main window – completing the additions of 23-year-old Nunez and 20-year-old Fabio Carvalho – while 19-year-old Harvey Elliott has also taken on an increased role this term.

McAvennie insisted Jurgen Klopp’s side are still missing the presence of departed talisman Sadio Mane – who joined Bayern Munich in the summer window.

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When asked if Firmino could be in his last season as a Liverpool player, he told Football Insider’s Charlotte Cohen: “I think so.

“They’re going younger, aren’t they? They’re moving on.

“Diaz, Nunez – I think they looked good last night. Nunez was good against Ajax, even if he was perhaps trying too hard.

“He looked sharp, and Diaz would chase a crisp packet on a windy day.

“Never mind Firmino – they’ve not got to grips with Mane leaving yet. I think Salah won’t say it, but he misses him.”

Liverpool sit seventh in the Premier League after six games.

Their next game is against Brighton on 1 October.

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