Don’t wait around for updates – sign up for our daily football email newsletter today!
Long-term contracts are becoming the norm in football, as more and more owners seek to keep their prized assets around the club for longer.
Famously, Raul and Iker Casillas signed lifetime contracts at Real Madrid, and so did Andres Iniesta at Barcelona, however, all three eventually broke them and moved on to pastures new.
Of course, contracts can be broken: but tying top stars down for the long-term brings stability to the club, and with stability comes success.
And with Liverpool's core players entering the final years of their contracts, we look at the reasons why they should sign on the dotted line this summer…
Trent Alexander-Arnold (2024)
Alexander-Arnold has had a stop-start campaign.
However, he was unplayable just 12 months ago, and he had a convincing case to be Liverpool's player of the season: if it wasn't for a certain Dutchman.
Alexander-Arnold has struggled for form this time out, and he was recently omitted from the England squad, however, don't expect his exile to last too long.
'The Scouse Cafu' has unlimited potential, and still only 22-years-old, handing him a new contact would sure up Liverpool's right-hand side for the next decade to come.
Whilst outfield players tend to reach their peak around 27, goalkeepers, on the other hand, don't reach their's until they are around 31.
Exciting news for Liverpool fans as their shot-stopper is still only 28-years-old – arguably the best in the world – and theoretically still has his best years ahead of him.
Like Alexander-Arnold, Alisson still has three years on his current deal.
However, convincing the Brazilian to sign an extension will bring security to a position that Liverpool spent years trying to fill.
Mohamed Salah (2023)
Top trending sport stories right now
Salah has – once again – been one of Liverpool's standout players, and he has maintained the mantle of one of the very best in the Premier League.
The Egyptian is joint-top goalscorer in the division – alongside Harry Kane – and seldom looks unlikely to find the net.
However, there have been constant rumblings that Salah may look to move on at the end of the season, with PSG, Real Madrid, and Barcelona all keeping tabs on the winger's situation on Merseyside.
Convincing the 28-year-old to re-sign with the Reds would allow them to command a higher transfer fee next summer should they want to sell the Egyptian.
Virgil van Dijk (2023)
Van Dijk was comfortably Liverpool's best player last season, and he was very unfortunate to miss out on the PFA Player of the Year award – which went to Kevin De Bruyne.
However, the Dutch centre-back has missed almost the entirety of this campaign, after snapping his ACL in the Merseyside derby.
Despite this, reports suggest that Liverpool are set to offer Van Dijk a new contract that would tie him down to Anfield for the rest of his career.
It's not hard to see why either, Van Dijk transformed Liverpool from a side with a leaky defence to one of the best in Europe.
This season, Fabinho has proved his importance to Jurgen Klopp's men with his versatility, filling in at the back when needed.
And when he has played in his more natural midfield role, he looked just as comfortable.
However, the Brazilian now only has two years left on his remaining deal, and at 27-years-old, he still has the potential to be an important player for the next five years.
A new contract would allow Klopp versatility in the transfer market as he can look for players to build around Fabinho rather than worrying about replacing him.
READ MORE: Jurgen Klopp kicked ex-Liverpool star out of training after furious row
READ MORE: VAR's top 10 biggest blunders this season after Cavani and Werner's controversial moments
- Jurgen Klopp
- Mohamed Salah
- Virgil van Dijk
- Premier League
- Liverpool FC
Source: Read Full Article