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Roberto Firmino won’t be happy with his role this season, says ex-Liverpool star, but Juventus-linked striker can still play a ‘big’ role


Roberto Firmino will be unhappy with reduced minutes next season, according to former Liverpool star Glen Johnson.

The 30-year-old is set to drop further down the Anfield pecking order following the arrival of striker Darwin Nunez.

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Liverpool’s No.9 could be unhappy with his position in Jurgen Klopp’s thoughts, says Johnson

The Brazil international was behind Diogo Jota last season in the pecking order but could now find even more limited playing time on Merseyside.

Sport Witness reports that Juventus are in “advanced negotiations” for the star, as they seek a replacement for Paulo Dybala, who recently joined Roma.

Former Reds full-back Johnson believes Firmino could become unhappy due to a lack of playing time in the upcoming campaign.

“Let’s face it, if you’re a top player you want to play every week, so I don’t know how he feels about potentially playing a little less next season,” the former England international told GGRECON .

“Jurgen Klopp obviously likes him and he’s a club legend, but will he be happy to play the last twenty minutes of some games? Probably not.”

Johnson believes Firmino still has an important role under Jurgen Klopp, and the club won’t want to lose him.


Nunez's arrival could mean Firmino falls lower in the pecking order

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Nunez’s arrival could mean Firmino falls lower in the pecking order

“You don’t want to lose too many players who know the club inside out.

“I don’t know if Firmino will be one of the first names on the team sheet next season, but I really believe he will play a big role.

Firmino started just ten league games for the Reds last season, and it’s understandable why Johnson thinks he could leave.

The Brazilian, who has been at Anfield for seven seasons which saw him win the Premier League and the Champions League, has one year left on his current deal.

Firmino is believed to be valued by the club at between £25m and £30m, and if the price is right, Liverpool may want to cash in on him now.

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