Liverpool are preparing to offer new contracts to both Curtis Jones and Roberto Firmino before the end of the season, with both set to prolong their stay on Merseyside, according to reports.
Firmino, who has been at the club since 2015, has enjoyed something of a renaissance this season despite his side’s collective struggles, with the Brazilian netting seven goals and grabbing a further three assists in 13 Premier League outings.
Out of contract in the summer as it stands, Goal.com report that “the Reds... are ready to offer a two-year extension, with the option of a third, and Firmino is open to the idea of prolonging his seven-year stay at the club”. Such a deal would keep him playing at Anfield until he is 34 years old, and mark a decade with the club.
Meanwhile, Curtis Jones is also expected to sign a new deal with Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the 21-year-old midfielder ‘on the verge of penning a new deal on improved terms’. His current contract expires in 2025, but he is seen as a key part of Liverpool’s future midfield, with the current set of starting options now heading into their 30s.
On the flip side, it is expected that all of James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will leave for free in the summer, with the trio all out of contract. Both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita have been beset by injuries during their time on Merseyside, while Milner is now 36 years old and well past his best.
There is set to be significant midfield upheaval in the summer, with Arthur Melo’s loan also expiring. Liverpool are one of several clubs in the race for the signature of 19-year-old Jude Bellingham, but the Borussia Dortmund man could set clubs back a Premier League record fee, and it is unclear just how much the Reds would be willing to pay.