How’s this for a reaction to Philippe Coutinho’s departure?
Liverpool are set to offer Roberto Firmino a new contract that will keep him at the club until the end of his playing career.
The 26-year-old still has two years remaining on his current deal but will be offered the chance to commit the rest of his career to Jurgen Klopp’s side after convincing Anfield bosses he is the sort of player they need long-term.
Negotiations over a new deal have not yet started in earnest but that will “happen soon”, according to the Telegraph.
Coutinho’s £142million exit has caused the club to reevaluate their policy when it comes to their star players.
Barcelona recently offered Andres Iniesta a ‘contract for life’ and it seems Liverpool may be about to follow the Catalan giants’ example.
The report also claims Firmino is likely to be one of the “major beneficiaries of Liverpool’s injection of cash” from the Coutinho sale.
Liverpool want to bring in new players but also protect the existing squad with bumper new deals.
Liverpool do not believe the sale of vital players will become the norm under Klopp, as it did for him when he was Borussia Dortmund manager.
They are also said to be confident of convincing the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to pledge their futures to the side, despite interest in the former from Real Madrid.
Firmino recently wrote on Instagram about how the club was different without his compatriot Coutinho.
He said: “Liverpool is no longer the same without you my magical brother.
“I wish you infinite success, that you enjoy life and realise all your dreams brother.”