BREAKING!!! : Roberto Firmino confirmed to leave Liverpool, won’t face Sadio Mané repeat as medical ‘pending’ for his new club

For the second year in succession, a member of Liverpool’s iconic front three has left the club, with Roberto Firmino following Sadio Mané out the Anfield door.

It has gained official status. Roberto Firmino no longer plays for Liverpool. His Liverpool contract expired on June 30, and he is currently a free agent.

He won’t stay long, though. Fabrizio Romano claims that Firmino and Al-Ahli of the Saudi Pro League have already come to a “full agreement” about a transfer. If everything goes according to plan at the’still pending’ medical, the Brazilian will sign a three-year contract and join the influx of celebrities moving to the Gulf state.

Roberto Firmino

Al-Hilal already scored a major victory this summer when it acquired Rben Neves from Wolves for $60 million (£47 million/€55 million). It has since acquired Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea for $25 million (£20 million/€23 million). Édouard Mendy, a goalkeeper, will accompany Firmino.

In a way, it’s unfortunate that Firmino hasn’t signed with a Champions League team because his performance in the previous campaign suggested he had a lot more to offer at the top level. In all competitions, he scored 13 goals and contributed five assists, amazingly averaging a direct contribution per 95 minutes.

Even with the investment made by Saudi Arabia’s PIF-backed clubs, it will be some time before the league reaches its goal of competing with the top five leagues in Europe.


Ultimately, though, you can’t say that Firmino should have been denied a lucrative move to the Middle East, especially when he may have already attained his primary objectives by helping Liverpool win the Premier League and the Champions League.

After Sadio Mané decided to join Bayern Munich last year, the 31-year-old is the second member of Liverpool’s illustrious front three to go within the past 12 months.

Mané joined one of the biggest and finest teams in Europe after a stellar 23-goal season for Liverpool, and when the Reds struggled early on, a storyline was bound to emerge.

He scored four goals in his first four games for Bayern as his former team struggled, and it was claimed that Liverpool was missing him as a result.

Even when Mané struggled and ultimately turned out to be one of the season’s most disappointing high-profile signings, it took some time for that argument to lose steam.

However, it’s doubtful that Liverpool will experience a repetition a year later. Despite its expansion and growing number of A-list players, Firmino’s league won’t get as much attention in the UK, and regardless of how well he performs, it won’t be regarded as a true representative test of his skill at this time.

Consider Cristiano Ronaldo, who has emerged as the league’s showpiece since joining Al-Nassr in December after leaving Manchester United.

Firmino and Ronaldo

Despite Ronaldo’s excellent strike rate of 14 goals in his first 16 games, no one is really promoting him as a prospective acquisition for a top European team. There isn’t even the slightest bit of regret at Old Trafford. It is merely regarded as excessive flat-track bullying.

Therefore, Cody Gakpo will be able to enjoy his first full season at Anfield without his predecessor watching over him, regardless of how well Firmino performs for Al-Hilal.

Gakpo has so far displayed some incredibly encouraging indicators, and if he adds on those this year, Firmino will be barely mentioned despite all that he accomplished on Merseyside.

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