“In Europe I had to play against Firmino and he is a very difficult striker to mark because he is constantly getting out of position,” Martinez told Ole. “That generates confusion, you lose the reference… If you go looking for him, he takes you out of your position a lot. In addition, he is a player who moves very well and, on his back, with the ball, it is very difficult to take it away from him. He is very good.”
Firmino’s Anfield exit is far from a done deal, particularly given the amount of attacking departures already this summer. Mane has been joined by Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi in seeking new challenges, with Klopp welcoming Nunez and Fabio Carvalho on top of securing Salah to a new long-term contract.