Liverpool intend to ‘reward’ Roberto Firmino with a contract offer to keep him at Anfield ‘for the rest of his career’.
Firmino’s importance to the Liverpool cause has only increased with the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142million.
The pair are close friends and Coutinho’s exit is sure to hurt Firmino, but the club hope to make him ‘one of the major beneficiaries’ of the transfer.
Chris Bascombe of the Daily Telegraph reports that Liverpool do not feel Coutinho’s departure will encourage more key players to leave. They feel his was an ‘isolated’ case, and the player had expressed a desire to join Barcelona for years.
They are more confident of keeping Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah however, and Firmino ‘is next in line to be rewarded’.
‘Liverpool will move to ensure their other prized assets are not similarly tempted to go should record breaking bids materialise,’ Bascombe writes.
Negotiations with Firmino over an improved contract are yet to begin, but ‘will happen soon’.