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Roberto Firmino sees his long-term future with Liverpool

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol looks ahead to the summer and decides whether these eight players will be with the club in 2018-19.
Joel Matip reflects back on his first Champions League appearances with Schalke and describes what he hopes to achieve under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has said that he does not see himself playing for another club "for years to come," and that his recent form has been one of the best spells of his career.

Firmino, 26, currently leads Liverpool's frontline and will record his best scoring tally as a Liverpool player this season, having already netted 19 times in 2017-18 so far.

The Brazilian moved to Anfield from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015 when Brendan Rodgers was in charge, but he has flourished in a Liverpool shirt under Jurgen Klopp's management.

"Liverpool are one of the greats in Europe and being able to be part of the history of such a great club is gratifying to me," Firmino told Esporte in quotes reported by Sky Sports. "I'm very happy here at Liverpool and I do not see myself out of that club for years to come.

"I believe I am living one of the best phases of my career and I owe much to the trust that the club has placed in me from the beginning.

Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring for Liverpool against Swansea.
Roberto Firmino has been a major part of Liverpool's success since his arrival in 2015.

"The arrival of Jurgen Klopp was very important for my growth within the team. Since he arrived here at Liverpool, he has changed my positioning, put me playing as a forward and that was the watershed for me here at the club.

"Klopp is a fantastic guy. I rate him as an extremely professional coach, a perfectionist, with a winning mentality.

"He came to Liverpool after building a beautiful history in Borussia Dortmund and has done a beautiful job here in England. I'm sure Klopp will be marked in the history of world football for his work and achievements."

When asked about his future, Firmino added: "In every transfer window we hear a lot of speculation, but nothing concrete has come to me until now.

"I am very happy here at Liverpool and my thinking is to build a history with many victories and titles with that club. I have a contract with Liverpool until 2020 and I hope to keep it."

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

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