Liverpool keen on to tie down key players with new long-term deals
Liverpool are reportedly poised to open contract talks with four first-team players in the coming weeks.
The Merseyside Reds have already lost Loris Karius and Divock Origi on free transfers following the expiration of their contracts, however, Jurgen Klopp’s team have been quick to conduct their own business.
Calvin Ramsay’s signing from Scottish outfits, Aberdeen on a five-year contract was confirmed on Sunday morning, with the 18-year-old joining Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho at Anfield.
There have been talks that the Merseyside Reds could finish their summer business with the signing of Ramsay, as Klopp is prepared to wait until 2023 before pursuing a new playmaker.
As a result, the Reds are instead set to focus on contract talks with some of their established players, and according to The Mirror, a quartet of names will discuss their futures at the club soon.
Defender Joe Gomez has been tipped to depart from Anfield in the summer following Ramsay and Ibrahima Konate’s additions, and Aston Villa have been strongly linked with the 25-year-old.
However, the Merseyside Reds are now supposedly hoping to tie Joe Gomez down to fresh terms, with the England international’s current contract following to expire in two years’ time.
Gomez made just eight Premier League games in the 2021-22 campaign, however, the report suggests that the Merseyside Reds view him as an integral part of the teams future plans that Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip have both turned 30.
The Merseyside Reds are also believed to be preparing to sit down with forward Diogo Jota, whose stellar campaign last term saw him amass 21 goals and eight assists in 54 appearances across all tournaments.
Fifteen of Jota’s strikes came in the Premier League, with the Portuguese often filling in for the injured Roberto Firmino at the tip of the attack or featuring out wide.
Jota’s contract at Anfield will not run out until the summer of 2025, but the Reds are believed to be keen to tie the 25-year-old down for longer as Sadio Mane finalised transfer to Bayern Munich.
Midfielder Naby Keita has been facing more of an uncertain future, though, as the Guinea international has just 12 months left to run on his deal with the six-time European champions.
The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries during his time on Merseyside and only started 14 Premier League games last season, but Julian Ward is still keen to tie him down to a longer contract.
Finally, 19-year-old Harvey Elliott could be in line for new-and-improved terms at Anfield after breaking into the first team in a disrupted 2021-22 campaign.
The former Fulham wonderkid was only given 11 outings in all tournaments amid a horrific ankle injury sustained at Leeds United back in September, however, he is not following to become a free agent for another four years.