Jurgen Klopp talks about Liverpool attacking trio’s new contracts
With 88 goals between the trio this season, Liverpool are keen on improving the contracts of all three players to preserve the magnificent form they are having which tremendously helped the team collect 72 points in the league so far and reach the Champions League semi-final.
Following a successful season in which he netted 27 goals and assisted 16 times, the Brazilian winger Firmino was the first to show his loyalty to the Reds. He recently signed a new five-year deal worth 180,000 GBP a week in addition to incentivized bonuses, while the Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah and Senegalese forward Sadio Mane are expected to follow Firmino’s footsteps.
“It’s unbelievably important news for us, really cool,” Klopp said. “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.”
Salah is arguably living the best season of his career, where he scored 43 goals and assisted other 15 in all competitions. This in addition to winning the PFA Player of the Year award and the Football Writers’ Player of the Year, as well as winning the Premier League Player of the Month award three times this season.
“I heard what 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 undervalued 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.”
Salah is expected to receive a generous new deal even though he is only one year into the five-year contract he signed when he joined Anfield in the summer of 2017 coming from the Seria A. He is currently grabbing everyone’s attention with reports indicating Real Madrid’s interest to sign the winger next summer as they look to replace Gareth Bale.
The Egyptian star might also end Harry Kane’s Golden Boot domination as he is currently leading the race with 31 goals, four ahead of Tottenham’s striker, with only three league games remaining.
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