Liverpool star Roberto Firmino offered move to Saudi Arabia, but not to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr, though striker would prefer to remain at Anfield

    Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino could join Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia, but is keen to remain at Anfield.

    The 31-year-old, whose contract will expire at the end of the season, has been a fan favourite since arriving on Merseyside.

    Firmino is eager to remain at Liverpool, despite interest from Saudi Arabian clubs

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    Firmino is eager to remain at Liverpool, despite interest from Saudi Arabian clubs

    The Brazilian could, however, follow new Al-Nassr signing Ronaldo to the Middle East

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    The Brazilian could, however, follow new Al-Nassr signing Ronaldo to the Middle East

    Firmino joined the Reds in a £29million deal from Hoffenheim in 2015, and has got his hands on several titles including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

    The Brazilian was a main stay in Jurgen Klopp’s side, but his game time has reduced in recent campaigns, which ultimately resulted in him missing out on a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad.

    He made just 20 league appearances last season, compared to his previous tallies of 34, 38 and 36 between 2018-19 and 2020-21.

    There is also stiffer competition for places now at Anfield, with Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, and Darwin Nunez all options for Klopp.

    Liverpool have also acquired the services of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven this month in a £44m swoop, suggesting Firmino’s game time will be limited further.

    Klopp, has, however, made it clear there is still a place for the Brazil international, despite him not penning a new deal as yet.

    Gakpo recently joined the Reds, suggesting Firmino’s game time will be limited further

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    Gakpo recently joined the Reds, suggesting Firmino’s game time will be limited further

    Now, according to reports, Firmino is of interest to Saudi Arabian clubs, who are keen to boost their football profile ahead of a 2030 World Cup bid. 

    He has also previously interested Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, as well as his boyhood club Sao Paolo.

    Saudi giants Al-Nassr unveiled their new superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday, after he agreed to a deal worth a staggering £175m-a-year.

    Firmino does have offers to join the former Manchester United and Real Madrid talisman in Saudi, but would be keen to remain on Merseyside.

    The Reds forward has nine goals and four assists in 21 games across all competitions, before he picked up a training injury in December.

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