Roberto Firmino joins Saudi League club Al-Ahli

According to Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has agreed to join Saudi Pro League team Al-Ahli as a free agent this summer.

Following the expiration of his contract with the Reds, the 31-year-old will complete his move to Saudi Arabia after passing his medicals.

Firmino joins a slew of stars who have left Europe for the Gulf state. To entice players, Saudi Arabia is paying exorbitant salaries.

He will join former Chelsea custodian Edouard Mendy, who has also joined Al-Ahli this summer. 

Inter Milan, Barcelona, and Galatasaray were all interested in Firmino, but he has decided to move to the Middle East.

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He joined Liverpool for £29 million from TSG Hoffenheim in 2015 and quickly became a fan favorite throughout his eight years at the club.

Firmino successfully linked midfield and attack, forming a strong attacking combination alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

With Firmino on the team, Liverpool won multiple championships, including the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup.

In 362 games for Liverpool, Firmino scored 111 goals and assisted 79 others. Manager Jurgen Klopp wanted to keep him at Anfield, but the club let him go.

From next season, the German manager must use one of Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez, or Diogo Jota as his primary center-forward option.

Naby Keita, James Milner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have also been released by Liverpool. 

After a disappointing period in England, Keita has returned to Germany, Milner has joined Brighton & Hove Albion, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future is unknown.