Reports from Daily Star, reveals that Liverpool’s interest in Hoffenheim’s pair of Roberto Firmino and Kevin Volland would be met by a strong resistance from the German club as they are looking to hold their prized possessions on a long term basis. Firmino got a flurry of attention during the just shut summer transfer window as clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal, well aware of the spectacular performance of the Brazilian last term for Hoffenheim, made enquiries, but no concrete agreement was reached. Now, the Brendan Rogers led Liverpool is said to be making plans for the re-launch of their interest in the Brazilian playmaker but Hoffenheim would allow no such plans. Firmino’s teammate also is said to be attracting interests from Liverpool and it is a double swoop arrangement that the Anfield outfit are said to be planning.
Firmino, 22, a natural attacking midfielder, in the mould of compatriot and Liverpool playmaker, Fillipe Coutinho, is no doubt an excellent player and his signature would in no small measure bolster any teams’ attack, for he is said to be an exceptional passer of the ball, a good assist-maker and a brilliant finisher who moved from Figueirense in native country Brazil, three years ago to 1899 Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga, signing a contract that expires June, 2015. Kevin Volland, who plays as a forward for Hoffenheim, like Firmino has a contract with 1899 Hoffenheim that expires in 2015 and it seems Liverpool is trying to see if they would get the players to reject the contract extensions when their employers make offers or see if Hoffenheim would want deal on these players in January for fear of losing them for free at the end of the season.
However, according to the German club’s Sporting Director, the highly rated duo is poised for Hoffenheim stay. Rose said: ‘‘I’m relatively confident of their stay here. The possibility of a farewell is not something that concerns us in the short term. Sometimes a sale is inevitable, but this is not the case.’’ This is a strong statement from the German club that could scare Liverpool and any other suitors of the attackers. However, the issue may become out of Hoffenheim’s control, if they do not as quickly as possible, tie Roberto Firmino and Kevin Volland to contract extensions which would make them have longer stays at the club. For a desperate and financially strong club like Liverpool, a “NO” for an answer sometimes is an invitation for more effort on the deal.
Liverpool hasn’t found the goal scoring form that almost won them the English Premier League title last season despite acquiring the services of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and attacking midfielders, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic. Liverpool under Brendan Rogers were very impressive last season almost clinching the English Premier League title coming second on the log behind Manchester City, the eventual Champions. A major factor responsible for the successful run last term is the Sturridge and Suarez (SAS) connection in their forward line but this season, the absence of Suarez through a departure to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge through injury has had an effect on the potency of the Liverpool attack this summer.
Liverpool would either put more effort in landing at least one of these attackers or stay away as a result of Hoffenheim’s shielding of the players and turn their attention to other available players in the market, if the players they have in their squad do not prove their mettle.