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Liverpool make slightly surprising and urgent contract plan that may put writing on wall for teammate

Divock Origi Liverpool

Liverpool may be evolving their attack, but one of the prime candidates to lose a regular role could still get a new contract – after reports revealed a new offer will be made to Roberto Firmino.

For most of Jurgen Klopp’s time in charge, the identities of Liverpool’s front three have rolled off the tongue. Firmino has been a regular starter in between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. However, there have been signs of a transition in recent months.

Diogo Jota joined the club in 2020 and has put serious pressure on Firmino’s place. Indeed, when the Brazilian was injured earlier this season, his Portuguese compatriot took advantage. It is fair to say Jota has now overtaken him in the pecking order.

Furthermore, Liverpool have recently added Luis Diaz to their ranks. The first impressions from the Colombian have been positive, perhaps signalling a shift in the Liverpool line.

Firmino, Mane and Salah are all out of contract in 2023. The club must soon work out which ones they want to keep to avoid the risk of losing them for a cut-price fee – or nothing.

Salah is their priority when it comes to negotiating new deals. He is one of the most in-form players in the world.

It is also likely they will try to keep Mane, who is attracting interest from La Liga again.

But it would have been reasonable to doubt the future of Firmino. His output has decreased over the past couple of seasons; he failed to hit double figures in the Premier League in either 2019-20 or 2020-21, and has just four league goals to his name this term.

Klopp warns Salah, Mane and Diaz of high standards

Klopp warns Salah, Mane and Diaz of high standards

Jurgen Klopp warns Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz over high standards at Liverpool

However, Firmino remains of fundamental importance to Jurgen Klopp. With that in mind, Football Insider are reporting that Liverpool will offer the 30-year-old a new contract before the summer.

Klopp reportedly believes Firmino still has a big part to play in the coming years. Therefore, he could extend his stay at Anfield further.

Firmino is one of the longest-serving players in the current Liverpool squad. Indeed, only he, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Joe Gomez and Divock Origi pre-date Klopp’s arrival in the Autumn of 2015.

He could approach a decade of service if everything goes to plan. Although, the report does not divulge for how long any new terms would last.

Firmino deal to have Mane repercussions?

Roberto Firmino Liverpool

The update may have consequences for Mane. It was recently claimed that Liverpool have secretly agreed to sell either the Senegal international or Firmino this summer.

“Jurgen Klopp and the club are willing to cash in on one of their front three,” Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window Podcast said.

“They’re doing this for two reasons. One: because the three players are coming to a stage in their career where their value will only decrease because of their age.

“But also because Salah is the only one that is performing at a level consistently that can justify the kind of contract that he and his representatives are asking for.

“Therefore, selling one of the other two will make that a lot more credible with regards to funding the Salah contract. As well as the fact of course they are actively recruiting younger players as well.”

Given what Football Insider are reporting, the pieces may be falling into place for Mane – who has a desire to play in La Liga, for either Barcelona or Real Madrid – to leave.

For now, though, Klopp will continue to rely on all three of his usual suspects, plus Jota and Diaz – and to a lesser extent Origi and Takumi Minamino – until the end of the season.

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