Liverpool focus shifts to three new deals after neglecting Werner transfer

Date published: Monday 8th June 2020 8:48 - Steve Pearson

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The priorities of Liverpool have now shifted toward extending the contracts of a trio of star names after the club chose not to act on their interest in the Chelsea-bound Timo Werner.

For many months, Anfield appeared to be the next destination for the rising career of RB Leipzig frontman Timo Werner.

However, despite the player’s expressed desire to link up with Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, The Reds opted not to activate Werner’s release clause of around the £50m mark.

That decision opened the door for Chelsea, who swooped in to get a deal agreed despite a remarkable report revealing an Arsenal forward was Frank Lampard’s first choice.

Liverpool’s inaction was explained by Klopp, and part of his reasoning centred on the need to tie down many of the club’s current stars to improved deals over the coming months and years.

Midfield general Georginio Wijnaldum is one such example, but British newspaper The Independent (via The Daily Express) has revealed two rather more high profile names who could soon be in for a financial windfall.

Defensive colossus Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeping ace Alisson Becker are the duo cited, with the pair instrumental factors behind Liverpool’s transformation from trophy challengers to trophy winners.

The article notes that forward Mohamed Salah is the club’s current top earner, pocketing a weekly salary of around £200,000 per week, but that figure could be smashed if Van Dijk pens fresh terms.

 

The former Saint currently earns £180,000 per week, and despite having three years remaining on his current deal, could be set to surpass Salah if the Reds get their way.

Brazilian Alisson is reported to earn around half of Van Dijk’s salary, but considered by many to be the premier goalkeeper in world football, is likely to see his salary ‘significantly improved.’

Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has broken down in great detail why he believes his former side were correct in their decision not to pursue Timo Werner.

“I’ve heard so many people ­complaining about Liverpool owners not splashing the cash, not diving in on ­Werner when he’s a ‘steal’ at £52million. Is he really, though?

 

“By the standards of the last couple of years, maybe. Maybe not. It’s still a fairly hefty price, when you compare him to the fees Liverpool paid for Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino, who all cost £10m-£20m less.

“Yet now, with the football world in financial meltdown because of a global pandemic, every single person connected with the game knows there is an absolute certainty of a massive recalibration of the transfer market.

Read his full reaction here.

 

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