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Club News: Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino ‘leaning towards’ contract extension

According to Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenburg (h/t Liverpool Echo), Liverpool and Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino is ‘leaning towards’ a contract extension with the Merseyside club.

The 31-year-old sees his current deal expire in the summer and there have been much speculations about his future. The striker has interest from Saudi Arabia, but is willing to extend his stay at Anfield.

Firmino joined us in 2015 from Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim for about £29 million and has since proven himself to be nothing but a bargain. The 31-year-old has had a glorious career with us and is also a fan favourite.

Part of the dreaded trio with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at the wings, the Brazilian has won all the trophies that are there to win with the Merseyside club. A traditional number nine, his no-look pass and goals have been his trademark here.

The striker has featured in 348 games for us so far in all competitions, scoring 107 goals and registering another 78 assists in the process. This season too, despite losing his place in the starting eleven, he has been one of our best players.

He has played in 21 games so far in all competitions, scoring nine goals in the process. With Salah and Darwin Nunez struggling to find in front of goal while the likes of Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota being on the sidelines, it would make sense to keep the Brazilian.

 Roberto Firmino has proven himself to be a reliable striker for Jurgen Klopp.  (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Roberto Firmino has proven himself to be a reliable striker for Jurgen Klopp. (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

While his age would put him past his prime on paper, on the pitch he has shown multiple times that he can be relied upon. Jurgen Klopp needs to revamp his midfield first and it will be wise to keep the 31-year-old till that department is sorted.

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Firmino is also willing to extend his stay, so negotiations should pan out without much trouble. It will be wise to offer him a new contract as he is free to speak to other clubs who could change his stance on signing a new deal with us.