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Real Betis star and Spain U21 member, Junior Firpo remains tightlipped about potential transfer.

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Liverpool FC and Alberto Moreno have parted ways. Which is sad for many reasons. But it also presents a bit of a quandary for the folks in charge of maintaining a squad that will finally end Liverpool’s Premier League title drought.

Because with his exit and the presumed departure of Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool’s fullback situation will be reduced to all-world talents Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, with Swiss army knife James Milner and Joe Gomez as available emergency replacements. It is not an ideal situation though, it must be said, is a vast improvement over just having two regular starters in that position of far-less quality and no depth. At least, now, Liverpool have high caliber starters if bereft of any options for rotation.

Which is why Liverpool have been linked with various players already this summer who ply their trade at fullback. One such player is Real Betis star and Spanish U21 international, Junior Firpo. Firpo’s name has only been tenuously linked so we’re not necessarily believing that Liverpool are truly in for him. But given that it is silly season and, at least, Liverpool would likely be in for a back-up at both fullback slots, a young, up-and-coming left-back makes some sense. And lucky for all of us, there are reports that the young man has finally spoken publicly about a potential - seemingly inevitable - transfer move this summer.

Or, at least, that’s what the rumor mongers would have you believe. In reality, the young star has indicated that he does not know anything about any transfers nor has no stated preference of which team he’d like to move to (the report specifically indicates Real Madrid and Barcelona so I’m really perplexed about Liverpool’s involvement here).

All told, it’s generally a whole lot of nothing as it relates to Liverpool and while we know it would make all the sense in the world for us to be looking at a player of Firpo’s standing, it really has no foundation beyond speculation. Tack on the fact that the player’s release clause is a bit steep - £45 million - and we’d say there’s not much doing here.