By Frank McAvennie

3rd Jul, 2022 | 12:37pm

Roberto Firmino backed to join Euro giants after journalist's Liverpool exit update - pundit

Frank McAvennie has backed Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino to join a club like Juventus this summer

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker is adamant that Jurgen Klopp’s squad is strong enough to withstand the 30-year-old’s departure.

According to the Mirror‘s Simon Mullock (2 July), Firmino will hold contract talks with Liverpool to discuss his future with the club.

The Brazilian is said to have attracted interest from Juventus.

The forward currently has one year left on his contract at Anfield.

When asked if Liverpool could afford to let Firmino leave, McAvennie told Football Insider: “They’ve brought in [Darwin] Nunez and they’ve still got [Luis] Diaz and [Mohamed] Salah.

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“They’ve still got three that can play there and they’ve got other boys coming through Liverpool.

“There’s huge talent coming through and they’ve got [Diogo] Jota as well.

“Firmino was injured and didn’t play for a while but again there’s no doubting his ability and he brings something to the Liverpool team – a bit of flair and a calm head, he’s not like the other players.

There’s four top, top players there to replace him. Firmino can go and get a good contract in Germany or somewhere, France, maybe Spain or Italy. If he leaves Liverpool he’ll go to one of them, I don’t think he’ll go to another Premier League club. I don’t think he’d want to play against Liverpool after the success he’s had with them.

If he stays or if he goes they’ve got four top top players for that position so it wouldn’t be too bad unless they get a lot of injuries.

In other news, a pundit has backed Liverpool to ‘easily’ sign Jude Bellingham after ‘massive’ update.