Liverpool Progressing Contract Talks With ‘Exceptional’ Star Compared to Karim Benzema

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool are in a nice position in their contract extension talks with Roberto Firmino, confirms Sky Sports’ Florian Plettenburg. The Brazilian forward’s contract with the Merseyside club will expire in June 2023, after which he’ll be a free agent unless able to extend his stay at Anfield.

Liverpool Progressing in Contract Talks With Roberto Firmino

Firmino’s Stance on Possible New Liverpool Contract

Firmino has been a part of Liverpool since before Jurgen Klopp took over, as he joined in June 2015 and has been all through the Reds’ highs and lows under the German manager. Plettenburg adds that his relationship with the manager is perfect, with the two sharing a close bond after having worked with each other for so many years.

The Reds are also calm in the situation involving the 31-year-old’s contract because the talks with his representatives over a new contract are progressing really well. In fact, the forward himself is now imagining that he will be able to extend his stay at Anfield and sign a new contract with the club.

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Liverpool are, however, yet to decide on the final steps on how to conclude the contract extension talks. They haven’t finalised the terms or salary which Firmino might receive with a new contract. They are likely to take that decision in January when the 31-year-old forward will be able to start speaking with other clubs over a possible pre-contract agreement.

Firmino’s Eventful Season Recapped

Despite seeing Darwin Nunez roped in by the Reds in the summer as their new number nine option, Firmino did not give up on his hope to thrive for the club again. After an initial slow start to the season, the Brazilian has been a really prolific player for the Merseyside club this season.

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He’s scored seven goals for them in the Premier League and is their highest-goalscorer in the competition so far, having scored a goal more than last season’s Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah. Firmino has outscored Nunez by a few goals too and has a few braces already this season. The 31-year-old, who has been branded as ‘exceptional’ by Jurgen Klopp in the past and called similar to Karim Benzema,  has 13 goal contributions (nine goals, four assists) in 21 appearances – something which have boosted his chances of signing a new Liverpool contract.