Jürgen Klopp has stated Roberto Firmino is “the center and soul” of Liverpool and important to his plans for the approaching season, regardless of uncertainty over the striker’s long-term future.
The 30-year-old has entered the ultimate 12 months of his contract and reviews in Italy have claimed he’s a £20m switch goal for Juventus. Liverpool have secured Mohamed Salah on a profitable new three-year contract and bought Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich however doubt continues to encompass Firmino’s place. Talking at a pre-Group Defend press convention on Thursday, Klopp didn’t present an replace on the Brazil worldwide’s contract state of affairs however made it clear the ahead will not be on the market on this window.
“Bobby is essential for us, the center and soul of this crew, the best way we performed within the final years was solely potential due to Bobby,” stated the Liverpool supervisor. “That’s why I’m actually joyful he was in a position to prepare for almost all of the time right here in pre-season to date. The whole lot appears actually good so I’m completely superb. There isn’t a doubt about Bobby’s high quality. All the remainder we are going to see how this 12 months goes however he’s important for us.”
Liverpool face Manchester Metropolis in Saturday’s Group Defend on the King Energy Stadium, the place they are going to be with out the first-choice goalkeeper Alisson and striker Diogo Jota by means of harm. Alisson has not featured in pre-season for the reason that pleasant defeat by Manchester United on 12 July however has resumed coaching and is anticipated to start out the Premier League opener at Fulham on 6 August. Adrián will begin towards Metropolis as a result of the second-choice keeper Caoimhín Kelleher can also be injured. Jota has missed all of pre-season with a recurrence of a hamstring drawback.
Klopp stated: “Alisson and Diogo don’t have any likelihood [for Saturday]. Ali skilled right this moment greater than the day earlier than so he will likely be undoubtedly obtainable for Fulham, however not for the weekend. And the identical for Diogo. Diogo was not right here with us [in a pre-season training camp in Austria] so how may he play a soccer recreation? That may take some time sadly.”