Roberto Firmino, a Brazilian striker, has been at the center of Liverpool’s turnaround in recent years. Firmino joined Liverpool in 2015 at the very same time as manager Jurgen Klopp.
Over the years, the two have played an important role in the development of the team. Prior to acquiring Klopp, the Reds were struggling in mid-table, but he has since transformed them into one of Europe’s best teams.
Firmino is often regarded as Liverpool’s setup’s nucleus. Klopp holds him in high respect and considers him to be one of his most trusted players. In 317 appearances for the Reds in all competitions, he has 96 goals and 73 assists.
The Brazilian’s contract is expected to end next year, and no new deal has been reached. The striker has been linked with a move away from the club this summer or next.
Let’s take a look at the five players that could replace Roberto Firmino at Liverpool:
Darwin Nunez (Benfica)
According to Si.com, Liverpool is a big admirer of Darwin Nunez. Before joining Benfica in 2020, the Uruguayan attacker earned his reputation with Almeria in the Spanish Segunda.
He has a strong goal-scoring record for his team and is allegedly being watched by a number of top clubs. In just 77 appearances for Benfica, he has 40 goals and 14 assists.
— Darwin Núñez (@Darwinn99) February 11, 2022
Nunez is said to be a transfer target for Liverpool, with a bid apparently on the table. To Liverpool’s frontline, he would undoubtedly provide youth and explosiveness.
Amine Gouiri (Nice)
Amine Gouiri is another player Liverpool should watch. Gouiri plays in Ligue 1 for OGC Nice and has established a solid reputation in just three years.
He previously played in Ligue 1 for Olympique Lyon before joining Nice in 2020.
WHAT A NIGHT !!! 🔥🔥
IssaNissa ❤️🖤💫 pic.twitter.com/trNno3dfFD
— Amine Gouiri (@aminegouiri) February 9, 2022
According to Liverpool.com, Gouiri is now on the radar of major clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester City. The Frenchman, who is only 22, has a market value of £40 million. He would undoubtedly be a brilliant addition to Liverpool’s already strong squad.
Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig)
Dani Olmo is one of the most experienced young players on the pitch. Olmo spent five years in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb before joining RB Leipzig in 2020.
Olmo’s debut in Germany has been met with enthusiasm, as he has regularly pleased with his performances.
— Dani Olmo (@daniolmo7) March 2, 2022
Olmo has already made 18 appearances for Spain, and he was particularly impressive at last year’s UEFA Euro 2020.
He has, however, suffered with injuries this season, appearing in only 11 league games. He has 15 goals and 18 assists in 78 appearances for Leipzig in all competitions so far.
Jonathan David (Lille)
Jonathan David has appeared as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents. David plays for Lille in Ligue 1 and has been outstanding since joining the club from Belgian club Gent in 2020.
Proud to have my first UCL match behind me but we can’t be satisfied with the result. Focused on the next match pic.twitter.com/YvgCRQ20vJ
— Jonathan David (@itsJoDavid) September 15, 2021
The Canadian forward has a remarkable goal-scoring record, having scored more than ten goals in each of the last three seasons.
He has has scored 30 goals in 86 games in all competitions since joining Lille in 2020.
Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad)
Alexander Isak is one of Europe’s most sought-after players right now.The Swede has a tremendous goal-scoring record and is widely regarded as one of the most promising young players in the game.
He previously played for Borussia Dortmund and now represents Real Sociedad in La Liga.
— Alexander Isak Brasil (@AlexanderIsak19) September 16, 2021
In comparison, Isak’s performance this season has been unimpressive, as he has only four goals in 23 league games. According to Football London, Isak is highly regarded by a number of clubs and was most recently connected with Arsenal.