Key trio not named, as Liverpool cohort jump queue for new contract talks

Date published: Tuesday 6th April 2021 4:13 - Jonny Whitfield

Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara Arsenal v Liverpool April 2021

Liverpool plan to hold contract talks sooner rather than later with Mohamed Salah and three other star players, according to a report.

Jurgen Klopp has built a Champions League and Premier League-winning team since his 2015 arrival. While he has kept some players from before his time, several signings have proved crucial. Indeed, winger Salah has 120 goals in 193 Reds games and has become their record Champions League goalscorer.

Therefore, The Times claims that the Egyptian is one of four players who Liverpool have made priorities for talks over new a new contract.

Indeed, Salah has teased speculation over his future on two occasions this season. In interviews with the Spanish press, he opened up on his admiration for Spanish football, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The newspaper also reports that Liverpool want to talk to Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson Becker.

Centre-back Van Dijk has his own case to be Klopp’s most influential signing. Amid a serious knee injury this season, his team-mates have felt his absence arguably more than any other player.

Fabinho, meanwhile, has reinstated his worth as a midfielder in recent weeks after several months as a centre-back.

Behind the pair, goalkeeper Alisson has been responsible for several standout moments, including the crucial save against Napoli in the 2018/19 Champions League group stages.

The contracts of Salah, Van Dijk and Fabinho all expire in the summer of 2023.

Alisson’s current terms, meanwhile, run out a year later.

However, there are other players whose deals run out in 2023 who do not feature in The Times‘ report.

Key trio not named in Liverpool priorities

Sadio Mane

Salah’s attacking partners Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will also have two years left on their deals this summer.

What’s more, captain Jordan Henderson’s terms run out then, as well as Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

However, the original quartet are those who Liverpool believe are crucial parts of their spine going forward.

As such, decisions on Firmino, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita will reportedly come at a later date.

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Amid heightened speculation over Salah’s future, Liverpool reportedly believe that they are in a strong negotiating position over his future.

He will be into his 30s by the time his contract expires and they command a sizeable transfer fee.

However, they have no intention to let him go and instead want to come to an agreement to keep him at Anfield.

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