‘Phenomenal’ Juventus star tipped to replace Roberto Firmino at Liverpool

Date published: Saturday 20th March 2021 7:46 - James Marshment

Jurgen Klopp has been told he can restore Liverpool to greatness by offloading Roberto Firmino and replacing him with a talented Juventus star.

The Reds are into the Champions League quarter-finals and now know their possible route to the final. Indeed, with Real Madrid lying in wait next, Klopp has given his reaction to the draw.

However, their form in the Premier League has left a lot to be desired. A run of just four Premier League wins since Christmas has seen the Reds tumble down the table.

It’s led to tags of them being “bad champions” from some pundits, while Klopp himself admits a top-four finish now looks “impossible”.

Part of their problem has been their usually-reliable front three looking particularly toothless this season. While Mohamed Salah has still been in the goals, the form of Sadio Mane and Firmino has badly dipped.

While Firmino has never been a top goalscorer, he’s always been in the team thanks to his link-up play and work-rate.

However, pundit Paul Robinson has told Klopp to consider replacing the Brazilian with Paulo Dybala.

It’s been reported that Juventus want to cash in on Dybala this summer to raise funds for a new attacker.

With his contract due to expire in 2022, the Argentine is being tipped to depart Turin.

The 27-year-old has only scored three goals and added two assists in 16 appearances this season.

Chelsea have been linked with Thomas Tuchel reportedly ready to offer three stars as part of a swap.

However, Robinson reckons Dybala would thrive at Anfield under Klopp.

“Dybala is a world-class player, what a signing he would be,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“He would be a massive addition to any squad.

“It is very hard to find players who can join or disrupt Liverpool’s front three.

“They have misfired this year but [Diogo] Jota has come in and has forced Jurgen Klopp’s hand into playing all four of them at times.”

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It’s been claimed that Klopp will have money to spend too in a bid to freshen up his squad. Indeed, it’s suggested he will have three transfer priorities this summer.

Now Robinson insists that freshening up the attack must be something being considered by Liverpool this summer.

“The front three are not invincible, they have been nowhere near the level of performance of previous years so someone like Dybala coming in would add another dimension.

“Liverpool should go for him because he is capable of playing across the front line and he would be a great option as a false nine. He would be phenomenal in that Firmino role.”

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