Of the numerous players to have developed hugely under Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool, Roberto Firmino is the one to have grown the most.
The Brazilian endured a difficult time when he first arrived at Anfield, struggling to find his place under Brendan Rodgers.
That changed under Klopp, with Firmino establishing himself as Liverpool’s number nine and becoming one of the best centre forwards in Europe.
While Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah are the goalscoring stars of this current Liverpool line up, it’s widely accepted that Firmino is the man who glues the whole thing together.
The Brazilian has plenty of admirers, but it seems Barcelona are not among them. Mundo Deportivo report that Barça are looking to sign a striker as they need a long-term replacement for Luis Suárez.
They’re eyeing up forwards around Europe, including Harry Kane, but Firmino is not among them and ‘there is no consensus’ for Barça to try and sign him.
It’s not explained why they’re not interested in the Liverpool star, just that the club are looking elsewhere.
Liverpool won’t be concerned about that; they’ll be happy that they can check off Barcelona on the list of ‘elite’ clubs that may try and steal their Brazilian star away from them.