An update on the contract situations of both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has emerged this week.
Said duo have made up two-thirds of Liverpool’s front-three for many seasons now. However, both players are out of contract in 2023.
This means they will have just one year left on their current deals come the summer. And, in that situation, if a player is not signing a new deal, it does make sense for the club to cash in on them instead of losing that player for free a year later.
So, what is the situation with Mane and Firmino? Well, Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo was asked about this recently and had this to say: “I doubt there'll be much on contracts now until the season has finished.
“It isn't a priority right now as the focus is now completely on winning games and winning trophies. Mind you, the potential last game is only a month away, so not long to wait.
“I'd be surprised if Firmino or Mane leave in the summer, although certainly with the latter his stock is extremely high right now. I'd imagine Liverpool will at the very least offer them something to extend their stay.”
Should Liverpool extend Firmino’s contract?
Though Firmino has been instrumental to Liverpool’s success in recent years, he is increasingly becoming something of a bit-part player.
The signings of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz have pushed the Brazilian further down the pecking order.
And, with Sadio Mane now excelling through the middle, there is little room for Firmino in the starting eleven of late.