Liverpool are rewarding Roberto Firmino for his phenomenal work rate and goals this season with a bumper contract.
In 38 games this season, the Brazilian has been directly involved in 34 goals and has been a huge influence in helping Mohamed Salah perform the way he has this term.
By the end of the season, the former Hoffenheim midfielder could double his return of 23 goal contributions for the 2016/17 and he will certainly be one of the main men for Jurgen Klopp in the latter stages of the Champions League knockouts.
Liverpool are hellbent on keeping the Brazilian at Liverpool for his immediate and long-term future and are working on getting a bumper contract wrapped up, with Dominic King reporting for the Daily Mail it should be done so ‘swiftly.’
Firmino is arguably the club’s most important player – I wrote why for Anfield HQ in December – and it’s not just his goals or assists that make him so valuable to Reds, nor is it his astounding work rate.
He is a unifying figure in the Liverpool dressing room and much like Ronaldinho in his playing days, the center-forward is always smiling and looking to make as much enjoyment out of the game and it’s infectious.
With Dom King reporting that a new contract will be signed by Firmino imminently, there is cause to celebrate as Liverpool look to lock down a player of top quality for the best years of his career.
Young Trent Alexander-Arnold has been enthusiastic in his praise for Firmino, saying that the Brazilian is underrated and is a ‘special player.’
The 19-year-old said: “He’s a very, very, very special player. He’s definitely underrated in terms of the recognition he gets. He links the team together. If you watch him closely, his drive and enthusiasm to get back and defend is incredible.
“He scores goals, he gets chances and he creates assists. There’s not much more you want from a No 9. But that’s not all he offers. It’s his defensive duties. Sometimes he overdoes it but in a good way. He doesn’t have to do it but he’s willing to do it for the team.
“It’s his hunger. He’s a born winner. That’s very important if you want to make it in this game. You’ve got to have that drive.”