Jamie Carragher admits he’d rather risk losing player for free than selling for £19m

Jamie Carragher
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Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool should look to hold onto Roberto Firminho, even if it means losing the striker for free next summer.

The Brazilian is entering the last year of his contract at Anfield and will be able to leave the club as a free agent at the end of the upcoming campaign.

Firminho admitted after the Community Shield victory against Manchester City at the weekend that he is happy to remain with the Reds while also expressing his love for the team, city and supporters (TNT Sports Brasil).

Corriere dello Sport claimed earlier this month that the 30-year-old was ‘very close’ to a move to Italian giants Juventus, something which Fabrizio Romano denied on Twitter at the weekend.

Firminho has played a key role in Jurgen Klopp’s revolution of turning the Merseysiders into winners over recent years following his move from Hoffenheim in 2015.

Carragher believes that it would be more important to retain the services of the striker for the upcoming season, rather than look to cash in due to his contractual situation and feels he still has a key role to play.

The former Reds defender told Football Daily: “I have felt for a couple of years now that Firmino would see this contract out and move on for nothing.

“I think getting £19m or keeping Firmino next season, I would probably keep him. The situation Liverpool find themselves in, they don’t want to be caught short.

“I am not quite sure about the Juventus links. Obviously, we have spent a lot of money on a striker and Juventus play a 4-3-3, if I am not mistaken, so I couldn’t see Firmino playing wide or going there to be an understudy. The links may be true, I don’t know, but I would keep him.”

The Sports View

After losing Saido Mane in the summer and putting a heavy reliance on Darwin Nunez to hit the ground running, it makes perfect sense to keep Firminho within the ranks rather than trying to claw back a few million should he look to leave next summer.

With Liverpool’s ambition to look to compete on multiple fronts this season along with any potential injuries picked up over the course of the campaign, it is critical that Klopp still has plenty of attacking options at his disposal.