Liverpool are reportedly set to offer forward Roberto Firmino a new contract that would see him commit to the club for the rest of his career.
According to Chris Bascombe in the Telegraph, after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142 million deal, Liverpool are keen to make sure their remaining star players are tied to long-term contracts.
Firmino, 26, already has a deal at Anfield that runs to 2020, but Liverpool have plans to reward him for his ongoing good form and plan to open talks over a new contract soon, Bascombe added.
The Brazil international has become a vital part of Liverpool's attack since moving to Anfield from Hoffenheim for £29 million in 2015.
He is now Liverpool's undisputed first-choice No. 9 and has netted nine goals and provided four assists in 21 Premier League appearances this term—he also netted six in six games in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Firmino looks set to easily surpass his previous best return in the English top flight, the 11 goals he scored last term.
The Brazilian issued an emotional farewell message to compatriot Coutinho when his Barca move was confirmed earlier this month:
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There have been no mutterings Firmino could be tempted to follow Coutinho through the Anfield exit door, but Liverpool are eager to make sure he is committed to the club.
In Coutinho, Liverpool have lost arguably their best player of the last three seasons.
However, with Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the squad, manager Jurgen Klopp still has a high-quality attack at his disposal.
Firmino is one of the most important parts of the Reds forward line, and Liverpool fans will be encouraged the club are looking to sign him up for the rest of his career.