Liverpool could still pursue a move for Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, despite the £45million release clause that has been revealed to be inserted in his contract, according to a report from The Guardian today.
The article states that “Liverpool are undismayed” by the 22-year-old’s release clause as they search for a replacement for “the likeable but erratic Alberto Moreno”.
Firpo would undoubtedly be a significant upgrade on Moreno, but it may still come as a surprise that Liverpool are willing to pay such a hefty fee for a player that would likely act as Andrew Robertson’s deputy; with Robbo still only 25, it seems unlikely he’ll be displaced in the near future.
Perhaps Klopp is attracted by Firpo’s versatility; while conventionally a left-back, the Spaniard has also filled it at centre-back, left-wing and even as a defensive midfielder at times. This versatility could prove appealing as Liverpool look to compete on multiple fronts next season.
Although his injury record is concerning, with recurring hamstring issues seemingly an issue, Firpo would be an exciting signing that would provide real depth to Liverpool’s squad.