Roberto Firmino says he wants to stay at Liverpool moving forward
As one of the most beloved players of the Jurgen Klopp era, Roberto Firmino is truly unique. The playmaking forward has often functioned as an all-action type who can drop into midfield, link the play, and score interesting goals. However, injuries and inconsistency has been the name of the game for Firmino ever since the club lifted the 2019 UEFA Champions League.
Poor form might be a stretch, but it has been a while since Firmino was seen as a player who could score 20+ per season. However, the player, who is out of contract in 2023, is believed to be keen to stick around at the club. Recent quotes that came from the player in the build-up to the 2022 UEFA Champions League Final might have fans positive that he will not be going anywhere, though.
The Brazilian is well-loved by the fans and teammates alike. A selfless style pairs well with the more maverick-minded duo of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. A hard working player with excellent technical skills and a wide range of finishes in his locker, too, Firmino could be essential to Liverpool in the season to come.
And if he gets his way, it will be seasons – plural.
What did Roberto Firmino say about staying at Liverpool beyond 2023?
In an interview captured by TNT, via the Liverpool Echo, shows that Firmino is among the most interested in sticking around at the club beyond this season. In the quotes provided, Firmino is noted as saying: “I’m very happy here. I’m grateful to God that I’m here playing for a great club with great players, winning titles. And my will is to stay. My wish is to stay here. I want to be here. I’m happy here. So that’s all I can say, I want to stay.”
If only his teammates could be more open about where they want to be. Recent reports that FC Bayern are keen to land Sadio Mane naturally has fans worried. He also gave a somewhat cryptic response to the idea of sticking around at the club, saying: “This question [about my future] I will answer after Champions League. If I’m staying or not, I’m going to answer after Champions League.”
That does not exactly sound like a good answer – unlike Salah, who said he would be at Liverpool until 2023 at least, Mane has always seemed the most likely to move on before time. The loss of a player who has become utterly essential to everything Liverpool do would be a nightmare.
The Senegalese has even taken the spot of Firmino as the central forward, leaving the Brazilian looking on from the sidelines more often than not. Having revived his form and rebuilt his game since coming back from a victorious 2022 African Cup of Nations, Mane is arguably in the form of his career. To lose him would be so hard to replace – even if Firmino was to stick around beyond this summer.