Liverpool plan to reward ‘untouchable’ Fabinho with new contract

Liverpool plan to reward ‘untouchable’ Fabinho with new contract

Liverpool hope to start negotiations with Fabinho over a new contract soon, the champions considering the Brazil international to be one of the “untouchables” at the club after an impressive first two and a half years there.

Fabinho joined Liverpool from Monaco in 2018 and after a quiet start in England he has grown to become a key member of the squad that won the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League last season.

The 27-year-old has played mainly in central defence this term because of injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. His deal runs until 2023 but Liverpool hope to extend that to 2025 or 2026 with a hefty pay rise. Fabinho earns £100,000 a week but is in line for an increase that would see him move towards the selection of players just underneath the top earners.

Liverpool also hope to tie Georginio Wijnaldum to a new contract. The 30-year-old’s deal runs out in the summer and he has been linked with Barcelona. Liverpool hope to restart talks with the Dutch midfielder, who has been at the club since 2016, in the next few weeks. Wijnaldum is still not convinced about what his role will be at the club.

Jürgen Klopp’s side beat Wolves 4-0 on Sunday to move to second in the Premier League, level on points with Tottenham but with inferior goal difference.