Liverpool blow as Firmino announces major decision on his future

Liverpool linked Roberto Firmino has signed a contract extension at Hoffenheim.

Brazilian midfield sensation Roberto Firmino has addressed rumours over his future by agreeing a new contract with Hoffenheim.

The attacking midfielder has been in superb form in the Bundesliga, scoring 13 goals this campaign, among the top five highest scorers in the division.

His form has been widely reported to have attracted the attention of Premier League title contenders Liverpool, while Everton and Manchester United have been more loosely linked.

Talk over his future can now be put to rest however, he announced ahead of last night's game with Hannover that he had agreed a new deal.

German magazine Kicker reported that the 22-year-old had extended his contract which was set to expire next summer, until the year 2017.

Firmino explained his choice, stating: "I like the chosen path from the club. We play exciting football. I will continue to work hard as best we can to help the team."

Hoffenheim sporting director Peter Rettig added the club were very happy with the decision, describing Firmino as an 'enormous' part of the side.

Firmino proved that by inspiring the club to a 3-1 home win over Hannover, producing a man of the match display in which he provided his 10th assist of the season.

For Liverpool it's an early transfer target seemingly off the table, but at this early stage it's no disaster, and plenty of time for the club to move onto the next one.

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