Man Utd urged to sign ‘great’ Liverpool player to ‘help’ duo

Date published: Thursday 24th March 2022 8:49 - Joe Williams

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino hugs Andy Robertson

Kleberson has urged Man Utd to sign Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino in the summer to help “release” Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

The Brazil international has scored 96 goals in 318 appearances for the Reds over seven seasons, winning the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup in that time.

However, his contract is running out at the end of next season and there are worries that Liverpool will only offer him a short-term extension as he is now over 30.

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And now former midfielder Kleberson reckons Man Utd should try to sign Firmino from arch-rivals Liverpool as they would “suit” his style of play.

“Roberto Firmino’s style would suit Manchester United, especially the way he plays for Liverpool,” Kleberson told Paddy Power.

“For the Brazil national team, he plays higher up, but for Liverpool he’s a bit deeper.

“If Manchester United wanted to make a change, he’s a good player that can help, especially with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho on the wings. Firmino can help those players create space when they’re on the attack.

“That’s the type of player Manchester United should be looking at. A player with Firmino’s quality can help release the team. He’s a great player and he’d be a good fit, and a good signing for Manchester United.”

Meanwhile, Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba says he has experienced depression “several times” in his career and first had issues during Jose Mourinho’s reign at Old Trafford.

The France international endured a difficult relationship with Mourinho and was stripped of United’s vice-captaincy in September 2018 before the Portuguese was sacked three months later.

He believes it is difficult for professional footballers to speak openly about mental health problems, stressing that receiving a high salary does not make players immune.

“Completely, and several times during my career,” replied Pogba, when asked if he had experienced depression in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro.

“I have been through it, but we don’t talk about it. Sometimes you don’t even know you have depression, you just want to be isolated, to be all alone, these are the unmistakable signs.

“From a personal perspective, that started when I was with Jose Mourinho at Manchester.

“You ask yourself if there is something wrong with you, because you have never experienced these moments in your life.

“Of course we earn a lot of money and we don’t complain, really. But that does not prevent you from going through these moments in your life – like the whole world – which are more difficult than others.

“In football it is not acceptable but we are not superheroes, we are only human beings.”


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