Details of Liverpool’s contract offer to Roberto Firmino during latest talks

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Fri, 18/11/2022
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Details of Liverpool’s contract offer to Roberto Firmino during latest talks
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With information about their anticipated offer for the No. 9, Liverpool is moving forward with efforts to lock down Roberto Firmino to a new contract.

Firmino is one of six players whose contracts with the Reds will expire this summer, forcing them to make difficult choices about their futures.

At the conclusion of his loan, Arthur will almost certainly return to Juventus, whereas Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may leave on a free transfer.

However, there is a perception that Firmino has more to offer Liverpool, similar to possibly the seasoned team of Adrian and James Milner, and negotiations over an extension for the striker are currently under way.

According to Sky Germany's Florian Plettenberg, those are "progressing extremely well" and Firmino "can truly envision to extend."

Now, the agreement that will probably be offered to the 31-year-old has been described by GOAL's Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones. It is a two-year contract with an additional 12-month option.

He would be four months away from turning 34 at that point, and if the club adds the extra year, he would be close to turning 35.

According to Jones, Firmino is "open to the idea of extending his seven-year stay," and at this point, he has not expressed any reluctance to play a squad role.

Under Jurgen Klopp, that is where his future would probably lie—as a rotational option in an offensive line that also contains Darwin Nunez, 23, Luis Diaz, 25, and Diogo Jota, 25.

Ben Doak, 17, Bobby Clark, 17, and Kaide Gordon, 18, are young people with high expectations, while others passing through the programme include Trent Kone-Doherty, 16, and Lewis Koumas, 17.

If Firmino stayed at Liverpool until his mid-30s, he would function as the group's seasoned leader, stepping in when necessary, with a decrease in minutes likely to preserve his all-action style as he gets older.

Only four outfielders have played more minutes for the Reds so far this season than the Brazilian, so for the time being, he still holds a significant position.