A strange turn of events has happened in Liverpool’s reported interest in Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, with the Liverpool Echo now stating that Firpo isn’t on the Reds’ radar at all this summer.
Despite reports from Spain this weekend that Liverpool were not deterred by Firpo’s £45m buyout clause and were set to sign the 22-year-old, the Reds apparently have no intention of signing Firpo this summer.
Although a left-back will be brought to Anfield after the departure of Alberto Moreno, there is no chance such a large sum would be spent on a player who is likely to play a backup role with Andy Robertson having the spot nailed down for the next few years.
Firpo hasn’t been mentioned by either Klopp or sporting director Michael Edwards when discussing potential signings and this transfer window is still expected to much more conservative in comparison to last year’s £170m spree.
Although Firpo would have been an exciting addition, and his versatility makes him highly appealing, it is little surprise to see Liverpool hold no interest. Considering the large fee it would cost to bring him to Merseyside, it seems much more likely that Liverpool will look to bring in a defender who won’t be costly, but still dependable enough to be relied upon in the instances when Robertson is unable to play.
Unless something changes, it appears as if Firpo is one name you can strike off the list of potential signings this summer.