Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on Roberto Firmino after the Brazilian signed a lengthy new contract with Liverpool.
Our no.9, who has scored 27 goals this season and registered 14 assists, is now tied to Anfield until 2023 after putting pen to paper on lavish new terms on Sunday.
According to Klopp, more new contracts will now follow.
“It’s unbelievably important news for us, really cool,” the Liverpool manager told the Guardian. “This is one very important step but even Roberto cannot play alone. We need to carry on in this way. In the moment every player knows about our plans. He’s the first [to commit] but for sure he won’t be the last.
“I heard what he [Firmino] said about it being an easy decision for him and I can really imagine that it was. He knows and appreciates absolutely this club. The other boys really respect him for all the work he’s doing.
“This constant discussion about whether he’s under-valued or whatever in public, this never happened for one second either in the club or in the team. He feels completely comfortable and is planning for the long-term here. That’s becoming rare because if you are not Barcelona or not Real Madrid then there’s usually another club somewhere you can go to. It’s really good news for us. He’s absolutely a big factor in our future.”
There’s so much discussion about whether Firmino is underrated suggests for us that he’s no longer underrated!
The 26-year-old is completely essential to Liverpool’s style and thankfully, his characteristics suit Klopp’s demands perfectly.
Now that Firmino has signed, we need Sadio Mane and Mo Salah to do the same.
There’ll naturally be interest in them this summer, especially our 43-goal Egyptian mega-star, but we’re confident the front-three will remain.
Hopefully victory in the Champions League will help convince them!