Whether Fabinho is a midfielder or defender isn’t as clear now as it might have seemed at the start of the season, before he was pressed into service as something like a permanent solution to the club’s defensive injury crisis.
What is clear is just how good a player the 27-year-old Brazilian is, and just how important he is to Liverpool’s chances as they look to defend their first league title in 30 years and push for number seven in the Champions League.
And as a result of that importance, the club reportedly intend to open contract negotiations as they seek to give the player a raise from his current £100k per week and to extend his stay at Anfield beyond the summer of 2023.
That’s the word today from The Guardian and Fabrizio Romano, who says Fabinho is now considered amongst the club’s untouchable players and will be in line for a new deal that puts him amongst its highest earning stars.
That would likely mean a deal in the £150-200k per week range, one that brings Fabinho’s wage in line with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, and summer signing Thiago Alcantara.
The Reds are also said to still be hopeful of extending Gini Wijnaldum’s stay beyond the season—which suggests they don’t believe his departure inevitable or the announcement of a pre-contract agreement with another club imminent.