Liverpool are preparing a new contract for Fabinho that would see him become one of their top earners, according to reports.
Fabinho has proven his importance to the club this season by covering in central defence in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
The Brazilian has shown his experience and adaptability by dropping back from his usual midfield position. He has looked equally comfortable in either role.
Indeed, he has been one of Jurgen Klopp’s most trusted players since joining the club in 2018. He has helped Liverpool win the Champions League and Premier League in that time.
Now, Liverpool are planning for a longer future with Fabinho. Even though his contract does not expire until 2023, they want to give him an improved deal.
According to Fabrizio Romano, writing for The Guardian, Liverpool plan to extend Fabinho’s contract until 2025 or 2026. As part of the new deal, he would see his wages increase substantially.
Fabinho currently earns £100,000 per week, but Liverpool could increase that salary to one just below their highest earners.
The champions want to send a clear message that Fabinho is one of the “untouchables” in their squad. Tying him down to a lengthy deal would prove that.
Hence, they hope to open talks with the 27-year-old over a new deal soon.
Wijnaldum in line for new offer
A more pressing issue for Liverpool is that of Georginio Wijnaldum’s contract, which expires at the end of the season.
The midfielder has been linked with a move to Barcelona after being a target for Ronald Koeman’s side in the summer. His future will be a key topic of the January transfer window.
However, the report adds that Liverpool are still keen to retain the services of Wijnaldum – who scored an impressive goal for them in their 4-0 win over Wolves on Sunday.
The Dutchman is said to be “not convinced” about his role at Anfield, but Liverpool are hoping to convince him to stay. They are expected to open talks with him again soon.
Klopp gave a brief update about Wijnaldum after the Wolves game, confirming he wants the 30-year-old to stay.
“I hope so,” he said. “You can see he plays all the time, we have a very good relationship.”