This is the opinion of Frank McAvennie, a former striker who believes that Jurgen Klopp still sees him as an important player in the team, even though his playing time has decreased season after season.
Firmino (30) has been with Reds since he left Hoffenheim in 2015.
Despite being a consistent producer of the goods, the arrivals Luis Diaz (centre forward) and Diogo Jota (centre forward) two years ago have seen Klopp’s pecking list drop. McAvennie, who played in the Community Shield against Premier League champions Manchester City last weekend, wonders what role McAvennie can expect next season.
McAvennie said that he believed Man City and Liverpool still considered it a preseason game.
“It has a little more zip to it, but it was still nothing game.
: “For the big teams, it all starts at weekend. Firmino is a great player, and he will get a game anywhere he goes. He’s a great player and you can see what you get from him when you put him on.
“Klopp believes in him, and that’s why they will be discussing a contract. Klopp will not want him to leave, he wants him to stay.
“But, he must produce the goods every single week. That’s what happens in a large team like Liverpool. He’ll know this. If his standards fall, he’ll be out.
McAvennie’s prediction is made at the same moment that it was reported that Jota could be in line for a new contract (Telegraph).
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“For me, I wouldn’t read into him starting in the Community Shield, we’ll know more once the league starts.“
McAvennie’s prediction comes at the same time it has been reported that Jota is in line for a new deal (Telegraph).
If you’re a Liverpool fan, would you like to see Firmino, who currently has 12 months left on his deal, extend his stay? – Let us know in the comments.