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Report: Failed Roberto Firmino swap deal pushed Juventus to move quicker for Liverpool target

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LFC Transfer News: Liverpool failed with Roberto Firmino swap deal for Juventus-bound Leandro Paredes

Liverpool offered Roberto Firmino to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a straight swap deal for midfielder Leandro Paredes, according to CalcioMercatoWeb (h/t the Mirror).

However, it was refused and as a result, Juventus sprung into action to seal a deal for the former AS Roma and Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder. Manager Jurgen Klopp denied wanting to sell Firmino amid talks of a swap deal involving Adrien Rabiot.

However, this latest development, if true, could show that the Reds are eager to sign a midfielder and consider Firmino expendable. The Brazilian international has been painfully subpar for us in recent months.

Philippe Coutinho and Roma's Leandro Paredes battle for the ball during a friendly. (Photo by DOMINICK REUTER/AFP via Getty Images)
Philippe Coutinho and Roma’s Leandro Paredes battle for the ball during a friendly. (Photo by DOMINICK REUTER/AFP via Getty Images)

He struggled with injuries last season and seems to have lost a bit of his mojo during that time. Darwin Nunez has come in to be our main man up front.

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However, his red card against Crystal Palace set Firmino up for one of his most disappointing games for Liverpool when he started against Manchester United this Monday in a 2-1 loss.

It’s a shame we missed out on Paredes. He is a quality central midfielder who can also play as a deep-lying playmaker in the number six role.

Leandro Paredes on his way out? (Photo by ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP via Getty Images)
Leandro Paredes on his way out? (Photo by ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP via Getty Images)

That is a kind of versatility we can use, especially considering Fabinho Tavares lacks any natural backup in that position. Paredes seems like a missed opportunity but the Reds cannot afford to sit quietly now.

There is a need for a central midfielder and it is urgent, given Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s latest injuries. It is also unwise to offer our senior players as a part of any potential swap deals because that negates the point of signing another player to increase the overall squad depth.

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