LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 17, 2018: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino signs new long-term contract at Liverpool

Liverpool have confirmed a new “long-term” contract for striker Roberto Firmino, making him the Reds’ highest paid player.

The Brazilian has enjoyed his most successful season as a professional, scoring 27 goals in 50 appearances and providing 16 assists.

The deal reportedly sees the Reds’ No.9 now earning £180,000 a week, thus making him Liverpool’s highest paid player – that is, perhaps, until Mohamed Salah is offered a new deal in the summer.

The 26-year-old’s new contract is for five years, expiring in 2023, when he will be 31.

Firmino, who ‘signed’ the deal with his now trademark ‘no look’, told “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.”

Firmino has become a firm fans favourite this year, flying in the face of those critics who have claimed that Jurgen Klopp needed to sign a ‘proper’ number 9.

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