Klopp willing to tie Firmino, Milner to new contracts

Klopp willing to tie Firmino, Milner to new contracts

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants Roberto Firmino and James Milner to extend their contracts at Anfield beyond the end of the season.

Firmino, 31, was a vital part of Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League victories under Klopp.

The Brazil international has scored nine times in 21 appearances this season, but appears to have been pushed down the pecking order in the long run by the arrivals of Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo.

“Bobby knows the situation here and what we think of him,” Klopp said.

“He is really important, the link, in tight areas to have a player with his football intelligence, you can develop the game from here.

“He’s selfless and you don’t get it very often. Great player.

“I don’t know 1000 percent what your plans are. Maybe someone else will offer you something better?”

Klopp rejected claims earlier this week that he is “too loyal” to some of his stalwarts, but believes that Milner, who turned 37 earlier this month, also has a lot to offer on and off the pitch.

“It’s not that Milly expects to play 64 games a season, but in 64 games a season Milly could be extremely important,” Klopp added.

“I’m pretty sure the club should use his character and his way of thinking because he’s really special.

“There may be fancier players out there, but no one with a similar mindset and that makes him incredibly valuable to us.”

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