Pundit predicts new role for Roberto Firmino at Liverpool after transfer update
Roberto Firmino could remain at Liverpool as a player-coach amid interest from Juventus.
That’s according to former Aston Villa and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Brazilian’s possible departure.
According to Italian outlet TuttoJuve (24 July), Juventus made an offer of £20million for Firmino.
The Italian giants are reportedly preparing another bid for the 30-year-old after their initial bid was rejected.
Firmino, who has been at Liverpool since 2015, is entering the final 12 months of his contract at Anfield.
McLeish claims the attacker’s knowledge could be invaluable to the club’s young stars.
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“You never like to see a legend leaving but there does come a day,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Ben Wild.
“It might be that Firmino isn’t going to be happy being a bit-part player at Liverpool. Would he still like to stay and pass his knowledge on to the young guys?
“Maybe as a semi-player semi-coach. At the end of your career, you know when your legs have gone, Ic certainly did when I was playing.
“I thought ‘don’t kid yourself on anymore and leave with grace’. Firmino might be searching to play more regular football if he feels up to it.
“It’s up to him, he might want to stay at Liverpool, he can do some great things when he is on the pitch.
“Or does he make one big last hurrah in his career and go somewhere where there isn’t as much pressure?”.
Firmino has made 327 total appearances for the Reds.
He has scored 98 goals and provided 74 assists.