Liverpool make decision over attacker bucking trend, with FSG stance adding challenge to negotiation that requires action soon

Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino Liverpool Credit: Alamy
Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino Liverpool Credit: Alamy

Liverpool are willing to offer a new contract to Roberto Firmino after his return to form, according to a report that has revealed the main complication affecting his chances of staying.

So far, 2022-23 has been an underwhelming season by Liverpool’s standards. They have looked good in the Champions League for the most part, but are yet to find any kind of consistency in the Premier League.

Several of their players have been performing below their usual levels. The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho have been among those coming in for criticism.

But one player who has actually been doing better than expected has been Roberto Firmino.

One of Jurgen Klopp’s most trusted players, Firmino began to show signs of decline over the past couple of seasons. Last term in particular, he struggled – partially because of injuries.

However, Firmino has found his form again this season, scoring eight goals from 18 games so far. He is just three goals away from matching his entire tally from last season – and only one away from what he managed in the campaign before that.

Firmino is out of contract at the end of the season, which has opened up a dilemma for Liverpool. Does he deserve a new deal or should they thank him and bid him farewell?

According to Football Insider, Liverpool have now decided they would like to continue with Firmino. As such, they hope to use the World Cup break to commence talks over a contract renewal.

However, the club’s owners, FSG, would likely want him to reduce his wages, which are currently around £180,000 per week.

Indeed, if Firmino is not going to be a regular starter any more – now that he is in his thirties and the club have invested in Darwin Nunez to lead the line – it might not be sustainable for any new deal to be on the same terms.

Keeping Roberto Firmino would benefit Jurgen Klopp

That said, they hope to convince Firmino that he still has a part to play at Anfield. Klopp certainly still believes so and would welcome the idea of the Brazilian staying at his disposal.

Still only 31, Firmino is proving he still has something to contribute. Klopp has given him more appearances than any other player during his managerial career, so would obviously appreciate it if their association was to continue.

Firmino’s versatility could come in handy as he adapts to being a depth option in his twilight years. Could he perhaps drop into a slightly deeper role as time goes on?

Wherever he is playing tactically, Liverpool will want it to be with them.

They may need to accelerate soon, though. Firmino could negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a club outside England from January 1.

Whether Liverpool can tie him down before then remains to be seen. The least they can do is put feelers out to remind Firmino of his importance and imply to him what their plans are.

A Liverpool player since 2015, Firmino has scored more than 100 goals for the club. There should be several more to come – potentially this season and beyond.

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