Liverpool have waved goodbye to two of their most talented players… and not replaced them.
Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona for a whopping £145m deal a couple of weeks ago and then Daniel Sturridge was allowed to join West Brom on loan.
Nobody can criticise the duo for their moves, but the Reds’ decision not to replace either – who were involved in 30% of their goals this season – has caused more than a few people to scratch their heads.
None more so than Gary Neville.
The Manchester United legend turned pundit appeared on Sky Sports’ The Debate show on Thursday night and questioned Jurgen Klopp’s transfer policy.
He said: “I look at Sturridge. People are saying ‘Sturridge isn’t playing anymore, it’s not a big loss’.
“Firmino gets injured for two months. Liverpool are in the Champions League and are trying to get into the top four… Danny Ings and [Dominic] Solanke.”
He makes a fair point.
Firmino has been sensational this season, scoring 19 times in all competitions and acting as the perfect foil to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The Brazilian’s form meant Sturridge barely got a sniff, starting just five times in the Premier League before clinching his move to the Baggies.
But if the worst was to happen to Firmino, Liverpool would then be relying on two strikers who have failed to register a single goal between them this season.
Hardly befitting of a top-four club.
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