Roberto Firmino could quit Liverpool after source's big-money reveal - pundit
Noel Whelan has claimed Roberto Firmino could walk away from Liverpool and look for a “last big contract” elsewhere as the Merseysiders look to cut his wages.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 31-year-old will need to accept a “bit-part” role if he is to remain at Anfield.
Football Insider revealed on Saturday (5 November) that Firmino is keen on signing a new Liverpool contract after reigniting his career this season.
It is understood that the Merseyside giants are preparing to open talks with the Brazil international, 31, over a new deal – but he will have to take a pay cut on his current £180,000-a-week pay packet.
Firmino‘s current deal is up at the end of the season and he can discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides from 1 January.
He has notched eight goals and four assists in 19 outings this season but didn’t make Brazil’s squad for this month’s World Cup.
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When asked if Firmino should take a pay cut to stay at Liverpool, Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “It depends what he wants at the back end of his career.
“If he wants to stay at Liverpool, a club he has had great ties and affiliation with, he will be a bit-part player. He won’t be playing week-in, week-out.
“No one wants to take a pay cut but he will realise that his minutes will be sporadic from here on in.
“But this could be his last big contract. He’ll want to make the most of that, money-wise.
“This is a time in the career where you see players going from big clubs to foreign clubs to take that extra bit of money to bring that financial security.”