While the media is awash with the names of possible new signings for next season Jurgen Klopp has managed to get what is probably the most important signature of the lot. So important is Roberto Firmino to his dynamic attacking force that his agreement to a new longterm contract is something to really celebrate. We've been fortunate that Firmino has remained a rather unsung hero this season, he is every bit as valuable to Liverpool as Mo Salah but receives a tenth of the press coverage. Surprisingly, there has been relatively little obvious pressure from the 'bigger' clubs for him to move, unlike we saw with Coutinho, which appears to be fine by Firmino as he seems to be perfectly happy to remain with the Reds:
“It was an easy decision.
“The club have taken me in in an incredible way and I’ve grown a lot here with my work with the support of the whole team. I am very, very happy here.
“Everything fits in the best possible way. My teammates are fantastic and I am very grateful to be able to play with them at this club.
“I love to play for Liverpool FC. The fans are excellent and fantastic in how they support us all the way. They support us throughout the games and the work they do during the match is beautiful.”
Unlike the prolonged drama of Emre Can's contract negotiations Firmino appears to have been re-signed relatively quickly, partly because of his willingness to stay but also because his negotiating hand was stronger than that of Can. I have little doubt Klopp would've made it clear to his superiors that Firmino's retention is vital in maintaining much of Liverpool's attacking threat, any minor details in his contract would not have been worth arguing over. It's always a good sign when the club can retain its core players, it hints at the fact that those within the squad believe in the direction the club is heading.