Liverpool are set to swoop for Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino regardless of what happens to Raheem Sterling this summer.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that the Bundesliga forward, who is currently starring for Brazil at the Copa America in Chile, could be on the move to Anfield in the near future, with the club seemingly intent on bringing him to Merseyside.
It appears, then, that, despite the player playing in a similar role to Sterling, Brendan Rodgers could yet have both players at his disposal for the 2015/16 campaign.
The same report from the Mail has, however, claimed that the Reds hierarchy will look to move other players out of the exit gates before bringing Firmino to the club. In fact, they claim that the duo of Fabio Borini and Sebastian Coate face the axe, while others could move on in the summer transfer window.
Sterling, though, may well have to remain at the club whether he likes it or not. Of course, it has been heavily reported in recent weeks that the club have rejected offers from Premier League rivals Manchester City for the talented English youngster, with it being suggested that the Citizens will press ahead with another bid imminently.
One thing's for sure, the Sterling saga may well drag on for some time yet, with the Reds still seemingly hoping to keep him on at Anfiled.
Despite the player's recent actions, it's not entirely surprising that Brendan Rodgers and Co. are holding out for a huge sum for the wide-man, as he's recognised as one of the leading young players in the country.
Firmino is exciting
For Liverpool fans, though, they will just be hoping that the club continue to make movements in the transfer window, but is Firmino the right man? Well, at just 23-years of age, he certainly has a great deal of potential, and has quite the scoring record, considering that he's not an out-and-out striker.
He'd certainly suit the Liverpool style of player under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers, too, and would no doubt continue to improve alongside fellow Brazilian Phillippe Coutinho.
At the end of the day, with the Reds having missed out on qualification for next season's Champions League competition, it's never going to be easy for the club to attract the world's best players, but in the likes of Firmino, the club would be investing in a player who can go on to become a top name in the Premier League.
Liverpool fans: What do you think of the potential signing of Firmino? Have your say in the comments section below!
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