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Should Liverpool sell Roberto Firmino?: Should Liverpool sell Roberto Firmino?

At the moment, Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is a bit of a puzzle. While he isn’t playing particularly well, he is playing more frequently than he expected at the start of the season. Darwin Nez and Diogo Jota have both missed games, forcing Firmino to play frequently, only really impressing in the game against Bournemouth, which was an outlier. According to Futbol Total via Fanaticos, Liverpool is’studying the idea’ of a January swap deal with Barcelona. Firmino, they claim, would switch places with Memphis Depay for no fee. Darwin Nez has already forced a change for Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp as Kevin de Bruyne overtakes him: Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp have received a significant boost with the arrival of Diogo Jota after a 167-day absence. The chances of a swap deal going through appear to be slim. However, Firmino’s contract is coming to an end, and a decision must be made. Two Liverpool.com writers weigh in on what should happen next with Liverpool’s Brazilian false nine (don’t forget: you can also weigh in in the comments section at the bottom of the page!). “He has to move on,” says David Comerford. Many have questioned the decision to give Jordan Henderson a new contract despite his declining performance levels, and this situation appears to be very similar. Yes, Jürgen Klopp may push to keep Firmino, but the evidence is clear: he is no longer the player he once was. These days, games like Bournemouth are an outlier. His abilities as a false nine have been valuable, but he is no longer performing the role particularly well. Liverpool should bid him farewell and invest in or develop a positional successor. Any new agreement would be motivated by emotion rather than pragmatism. “Bellingham may complicate matters,” writes Matt Addison. In general, I agree with David on this. Firmino should be moved on and a replacement should be found in an ideal world. However, it is not always that simple. As we discussed earlier this week (here), if Jude Bellingham is going to cost €150 million (£131 million), as The Athletic has reported, Liverpool will have to make a big decision. Even if they could get a discount on him and get him for less — which is unlikely given the number of suitors — it will still be a huge investment of at least £100 million. With several other contract questions, would it be wise to lose Firmino, Naby Keta, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all in the space of one summer, all for free? There’s also James Milner to consider. Liverpool would then almost certainly need to sign two midfielders (Bellingham plus one) and a forward in the same season. In that case, it might be best to give Firmino a short-term extension and hope that he is the fifth option with Nez and Jota fit and firing, as was the plan this season. Liverpool has certainly left themselves with a lot of work to do. Which of the following authors do you agree with? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.