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Liverpool should save millions on next Roberto Firmino with free transfer ‘like Victor Osimhen’

Liverpool should replace Roberto Firmino when his contract expires in the summer. And Jürgen Klopp can do it with a player who is also available on a free transfer.

No matter what happens for the rest of this season, Liverpool has plenty to think about in all areas before the summer — a big task lies ahead for whoever replaces Julian Ward as sporting director.


Their midfield is the clearest place for improvement, and there are obvious targets that they hope to get over the line, with the chief one being Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.


But there are also decisions to be made behind and in front of the center of the pitch, with Goal reporting this week that Joël Matip could depart in the summer and Roberto Firmino out of contract at the end of the season as things stand.

If Matip was to leave, he would be the most difficult to replace. But in attack, there could be a glaringly obvious option to replace one free agent with another at Anfield in the form of France forward Marcus Thuram.


So far this season, Thuram has 10 goals and three assists in 17 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Mönchengladbach (13 goals and four assists in 19 games in all competitions).

His statistics paint a picture of a player who gets into the right places to score goals with his movement, but also his ability to dribble and beat players in possession.


His non-penalty expected goals value is in the 92nd percentile, while he is the same for successful take-ons and one percentage point lower for progressive carries.


FBref lists Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku among Thuram’s most stylistically-similar players. Napoli’s Victor Osimhen is also among them — generally players who are fast and direct.


Jürgen Klopp’s former favorite Robert Lewandowski also comes in at number five on the list, showing Thuram’s ability to play as the focal point in a team, but he can play a deeper or wide role too.


Available as a free agent, if Firmino exits at the end of his deal at the end of the season, it would make a lot of sense to replace him with a younger player who would carry no transfer fee.

Marcus Thuram and Kingsley Coman. (Image: Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Thuram is experienced, proven and fast, and has only missed one game this season through injury. For no transfer fee, could take on the fifth-attacker role for a couple of seasons before being sold for a profit.

He is a very different player to Firmino, but Liverpool seems to be making Cody Gakpo into that kind of false number nine player (though the Dutchman did play wide against Wolves) and also has Harvey Elliott and Fábio Carvalho who can do similar things.

With plenty of their budget needing to be spent on their midfield, signing Thuram on a free transfer would refresh the forward line without splashing out a penny on a transfer fee.


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