Following the departure of Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno, Liverpool is looking at options to sign a backup defender in the summer transfer window and are considering a €50 million bid for Junior Firpo who plays his football for Real Betis in the La Liga at the moment.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has worked his magic at the club after he managed to win the Champions League title with the Merseyside giants. The Reds tasted success on the continental stage for the sixth time in their illustrious history when they brought the Champions League back to Anfield but are continuing their 30-year plus wait for a Premier League title.
Ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, Liverpool is looking to strengthen their squad even further in a bid to dethrone Manchester City and Klopp is now aware that he needs a team with more depth in order to win the Premiership having finished just one solitary point behind Pep Guardiola’s team last term.
If Liverpool is to challenge on all fronts, they will need one high quality back up option for each position on the pitch to cover up for an injury or suspension of another player. And after Alberto Moreno was allowed to leave Anfield this summer, the Champions League winners are looking for someone who can provide competition for the incredible Scotsman Andrew Robertson in the left-back zone.
The 25-year-old Robertson has been in supreme form over the past few seasons since joining Liverpool but if he suffers an injury or suspension, James Milner is the usual cover-up. The English midfielder is not a natural left back, therefore Liverpool is looking to snap up a deal for Real Betis defender Junior Firpo.
The 22-year-old Spaniard had an incredible season with the Betis scoring three goals and laying off five more assists in 29 appearances. The numbers that Firpo generate on the pitch certainly suits Klopp’s style of play but the youngster still has four years left on his current contract with Real Betis and his release clause of €50 million will have to be matched.
Firpo is solid in defense and a great dribbler of the ball which means he can provide an attacking outlet as well. The young left back can also cross a lovely ball into the box and Firpo is good at closing opposition players down, all traits that make him a player that fits Klopp’s game style.
Firpo could be a stellar addition to Liverpool’s squad and Klopp has the license to spend big money on players after the success that he has delivered. However, Firpo will have a monumental task to nail down a starting berth at Liverpool because Andy Robertson has made that left back position his permanent spot.