Liverpool are keen to offer new contracts to six first-team players this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to keep hold of his most prized assets.
What’s the story?
According to Liverpool Echo reported Paul Gorst, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are priorities for fresh terms.
The trio of Salah, Van Dijk and Fabinho all have just two seasons remaining on their current deals, so the urgency to tie them down is more pressing than the others.
Robertson, Alexander-Arnold and Alisson have contracts lasting until the summer of 2024 but are all still on the list of priorities, such is their importance to the Reds.
Fans will be buzzing
All six players have made a massive contribution to the recent success of Klopp’s charges, winning the Champions League in 2019 before adding a Premier League title 12 months later.
While Salah has asserted himself as Liverpool’s main source of goals and attacking talisman, bagging 125 goals in 203 appearances, the other five have helped to form one of Europe’s most formidable defensive units.
Brazil international shot-stopper Alisson signed a six-year deal back in 2018 upon his arrival from AS Roma, while compatriot Fabinho completed a deal lasting until 2023, and Salah penned an extension in the same summer that the two Brazilians came to Anfield.
Although Liverpool surrendered their Premier League title without a fight last season, finishing a whopping 17 points behind champions Manchester City, the sextet are still crucial components of the Reds’ team.
Only Salah has been linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks, but news that the Liverpool hierarchy are planning to extend so many contracts must have the supporters buzzing. Gini Wijnaldum is set to depart after letting his contract run down, joining French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, and they’ll be desperate to avoid a similar situation in the future.