Robert Firmino to leave Liverpool with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to follow


Roberto Firmino is set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

The Brazilian international has been dogged by injury of late and has made only five appearances since the World Cup.

In January manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his desire for Firmino to stay beyond his current deal, having previously said the player was "a complete footballer", and "plays something like 12 instruments in our orchestra".

However, the PA news agency understands Firmino, who has made 353 appearances, scored 107 goals and won the Champions League and Premier League with the Reds, has decided not to extend his stay at Anfield.

The arrivals of Darwin Nunez last summer and Cody Gakpo in January mean Klopp currently has seven forwards at his disposal and that has increased the likelihood of Firmino - as the oldest member of the forward line that also includes twentysomethings Fabio Carvalho, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz - facing reduced game time.

It means the former famed front three of him, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah which helped bring so much success to the club in Klopp’s reign will be reduced to just the latter come the start of next season, after Mane left for Bayern Munich in the summer having also chosen not to sign a new deal.

Firmino is one of five players out of contract in the summer, with midfielders Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also set to leave.

Set to leave: Keita and Chamberlain are also set to depart Anfield (Getty Images)
Set to leave: Keita and Chamberlain are also set to depart Anfield (Getty Images)

The future of 37-year-old James Milner, who has been extending his contract on a 12-monthly basis, is also unclear, with third-choice goalkeeper Adrian the fifth member of that group whose deals are expiring.