Liverpool set to offer Roberto Firmino a 'contract for life' at Anfield

Liverpool set to offer Roberto Firmino a 'contract for life' at Anfield

Liverpool set to offer Roberto Firmino a 'contract for life' at Anfield

It is just the way football goes.

Assets like Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are bound to command interest in the coming years, but boss Jurgen Klopp has been promised Liverpool won't become a selling club like his former employers, Dortmund.

This time they will have Virgil van Dijk in their way with the Liverpool defender set to make his Premier League debut after his move from Southampton.

Well it's over, and we can all move on now.

Barcelona recently offered Andres Iniesta a "contract for life" and it seems Liverpool may be about to follow the Catalan giants' example.

"I wish Phil all the very best but the only thing I'm concentrating on is Liverpool and winning as many games as we can - starting with Man City on Sunday".

Whether a midfield of Coutinho, Lallana and either Jordan Henderson or Emre Can would have worked is something we'll sadly never know.

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"I think that they can cope with that (losing Coutinho to Barcelona)". In the short history he was here, Phil was a big character around the place, a fan favourite and rightly so.

"It was an honour, El Wizard, to play together with you".

The Brazil worldwide has seen his star rise exponentially at Liverpool under the guidance of Klopp having started slowly with former manager Brendan Rodgers following his 2015 move from Hoffenheim.

"They're still human", reminds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he assesses his Sunday - one which he will more than likely spend trying to find ways of trapping the supposed extra-terrestrials of Manchester City.

And they have to prove that that 5-0 thrashing at the Etihad was a fluke. This is an awesome team and they are getting better and better all the time.

They occupy the fourth and final spot with 16 matches remaining and are on a 13-match unbeaten run in the league, but there is a danger the loss of Coutinho could derail them.

In the 13 league games since then, Liverpool has won nine and drawn the other four.

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