Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool FC desperate to sign attacker to new contract
Jurgen Klopp confirms that Liverpool FC are trying to sign Roberto Firmino to a new contract
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool FC are working hard to try and tie Roberto Firmino to a new long-term contract at Anfield.
The Brazilian attacker has been in particularly good form this season and he seems to have further stepped his game up for the Reds since Philippe Coutinho’s move to FC Barcelona in the January transfer window.
Firmino has scored 13 goals and made seven assists in the Premier League so far for Klopp’s men to help the Reds move up into second place in the top flight table.
The 26-year-old has also netted seven times and made three assists in the Champions League for the Reds as he continues his fine form in all competitions.
And Klopp has revealed that Liverpool FC have opened talks with the attacker about extending his current contract with the Merseyside outfit.
Klopp is quoted as saying by Metro: “It (the new contract) is very important for both sides.
“I think everything we are doing, the way we play, the way we give him the opportunity constantly to play, he deserves that.
“He deserves that because his work-rate is outstanding but it helped him a lot to step up. He became a different player here.
“Other teams can say ‘Hmmm, he’s really good’ but it is not sure they will play the same way and use him as a nine or a 10 or they’ll use him out on the wings.
“It is never sure but of course it is important to keep these players who are at a good age and when there is still space for improvement.
“There is no doubt we want to do that. It’s not that their contracts are ending in the summer, but you can imagine we’re trying to do that (agree an extension).”
Firmino will be hoping to feature for Liverpool FC when the Reds return to Champions League action on Tuesday night with a crunch clash against FC Porto.
The Reds, though, have already all but booked their place in the quarter-finals thanks to their dominant 5-0 victory last month in the first leg.