Liverpool not signing this Spanish U21 starlet is a blunder that could come back to haunt them this season – opinion

Liverpool should have moved for Junior Firpo in the summer window

Liverpool didn’t enjoy a blockbuster summer transfer window, which is something that took place a year back.

The Reds consolidated their team instead, extending the contracts of most stars and purchasing young players.

Adrian was the surprise signing after Simon Mignolet’s exit and the Spaniard was in action during the 4-1 win over Norwich.

The 32-year-old keeper should play a few more games after Alisson’s injury but the Reds also didn’t sign Junior Firpo, despite being linked with him (h/t Metro).

Junior Firpo

The Spanish left-back won the U21 Euros in the summer and has now joined Barcelona.

The Reds could have done with cover for Robertson

Andy Robertson is possibly the best left-back in the Premier League and it is difficult to name another player in the competition who is as devastating down the left as the Scot.

The problem, however, is that Liverpool do not have quality cover for the Scotland captain.

The Reds allowed Alberto Moreno to leave in the summer on a free and did not sign a replacement for the Spanish star.

That leaves no recognised senior cover for the Scot, however, Joe Gomez and James Milner can play in the position.

The pair aren’t regular left-backs and that takes a little bit away from our team. No one can match up to Robertson but Firpo would have been a quality addition.

The 22-year-old isn’t expected to start regularly for Barcelona either, due to Jordi Alba’s presence.

The Barcelona youngster can also play as a winger or a centre-back, meaning he could have provided cover for several players in the current Liverpool squad.

The Catalans also got the youngster on the cheap by paying £16.5m (h/t Sky Sports), which Liverpool could have spent in the summer.

He would have been on the bench for the Reds too, with Liverpool providing ample chances to young players in recent years.

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Liverpool can call on players such as Yasser Larouci or Adam Lewis, both of whom have done well as left-backs in the youth teams, but they lack the experience to play for the senior squad.

The verdict

Robertson cannot play every game this season, and hopefully, he stays injuryfree. The Reds could have done with a young left-back but it is difficult to question Jurgen Klopp’s decisions at this point.

The German might have a trick up his sleeve regarding cover for the likes of Robertson or Trent Alexander-Arnold and it will be interesting to see how the season transpires for the Reds.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. FIFA addict, F1 fanatic.

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