Jurgen Klopp has emphasised the value Roberto Firmino adds to the team by saying it is important the star forward signs a new contract at Anfield.


Since joining from Hoffenheim in 2015, Firmino has gone on to establish himself as one of the best forwards in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s free-flowing football has aided the 26-year-old’s haul of 13 goals and six assists this term- a contribution that has helped the team rise up to third in the table and only two points adrift of second-placed Manchester United.

“It is very important for both sides. I think everything we are doing, the way we play, the way we give him the opportunity constantly to play – he deserves that,” Klopp said.

“He deserves that because his work-rate is outstanding but it helped him a lot to step up. He became a different player here.

“Other teams can say, ‘Hmmm, he’s really good,’ but it is not sure they will play the same way and use him as a nine or a 10 or they’ll use him out on the wings.

“It is important to keep these players who are at a good age and when there is still space for improvement. There is no doubt we want to do that. You can imagine we try to do that. But they all have contracts. It’s not that their contracts are ending in the summer.”

Liverpool will welcome former boss Rafael Benitez and Newcastle United to Anfield on Saturday.

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