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Liverpool news: Barcelona make Roberto Firmino surprise transfer decision | Football | Sport

Barcelona have reportedly included Roberto Firmino on a shortlist of forwards to replace Luis Suarez, but there is still good news for Liverpool.

Suarez remains one of the most feared strikers in world football and has started the new season in strong form, scoring six goals in eight games across all competitions so far.

But at 32 years of age, Barcelona are on the lookout for another striker to come in with an eye at being his long-term replacement.

The La Liga giants have proven over the past two years that they’re prepared to splash the cash having spent £108million on Philippe Coutinho and £112m on Ousmane Dembele.

Coutinho has since gone out on loan while Dembele has struggled with injuries this campaign so far.

They have recently brought in Antoine Griezmann in another deal which cost in excess of £100m, although he has predominantly been used on the left wing.

And according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are on the lookout for another striker to join their ranks.

Firmino is mentioned in a four-man shortlist including Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe.

However, the report adds that Barcelona haven’t prioritised a move for the Liverpool striker, with Rashford considered higher on their list.

Firmino has established himself as one of Liverpool’s most crucial starters, acting as the link between midfield and attack and forming a lethal attacking line alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Firmino is currently on international duty for Brazil and played against Mane when the Selecao faced off against Senegal.

And the 28-year-old scored the opener in the game before Famara Diedhiou equalised for Senegal late in the first half.

Brazil are next in action against Nigeria, with their vice-captain William Troost-Ekong surprisingly claiming Firmino poses no threat to their defence.

“I am so happy be part of the players that will be facing Brazil in the international friendly encounter in Singapore,” Troost-Ekong said to

“We all know what the Brazilian team can do as witnessed in the game they played against Senegal and I am sure they will be eager to get a result against us.

“We have players who are as good as Neymar, Firmino, Jesus and Firminho in the Super Eagles.

“They will definitely pose no threat to us.”

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