Liverpool are hoping to agree on a new deal with Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino and have submitted a contract offer to him.
According to a report from Football Insider, Liverpool have offered Roberto Firmino a new contract. And it remains to be seen whether the 31-year-old Brazilian international is prepared to sign an extension with the Premier League giants.
The Brazilian striker will be out of contract at the end of the season, and he will have to accept a pay cut in order to sign a new deal at Anfield. Firmino currently earns around £180,000 a week, but Liverpool have offered him an extension on reduced terms.
However, the player will be able to earn a substantial salary through performance-based bonuses He has been a key player for Liverpool this season, and the Brazilian international has scored nine goals and picked up four assists across all competitions for them.
Despite not being picked for Brazil’s World Cup squad, the 31-year-old remains a quality player, who could be a vital part of the Liverpool squad going forward. So it is hardly surprising that the Reds want to keep him at Anfield.
Apart from his qualities, as a striker, Firmino has the technical ability and intelligence to operate in a number of roles. His selfless work ethic and the ability to be a team player have made him an invaluable asset for Jurgen Klopp over the years.
The player is still good enough to play at the highest level for a couple of seasons at least, and Liverpool must look to keep him at the club. The Reds lost Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich at the start of the season, and they have certainly missed the Senegalese international so far.
Liverpool cannot afford to lose Firmino in the coming months. He has been linked with European giants Barcelona in recent months. The Brazilian has held down a regular starting berth at Anfield despite the big-money arrival of Darwin Nunez, and he could be keen to continue at Liverpool if he keeps getting game-time assurances from the manager.
Furthermore, young players like Nunez could learn a lot from Firmino, and rhe Brazilian international could be a mentor for the Uruguayan striker over the next few seasons.