Liverpool ‘to focus on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson deals’ after Timo Werner blow

Liverpool are reportedly set to focus on securing the futures of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker after missing out to Chelsea in the race to sign Timo Werner.

Frank Lampard's side look set to sign Werner after offering the RB Leipzig star a deal worth £200,000-per-week.

Liverpool had previously been widely considered favourites in the race to land the Germany striker, but unlike Chelsea they have been unwilling to trigger the £50million release clause due to the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the Reds will concentrate on rewarding the players who helped the club to last season's Champions League triumph and this term's Premier League domination.

And the top priorities are new deals for star defender Van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson, according to The Independent.

The two rearguard world beaters have helped transform Liverpool into a relentless winning machine, solving the defensive issues which had previously blighted Liverpool's fortunes.

Van Dijk has been a revelation since joining Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for £75million – then a world record for a defender.

And the defensive jigsaw was completed when Alisson joined from Roma the following July for £65m, which at the time was also a world record for a goalkeeper.

Van Dijk is currently contracted to Liverpool until 2023, and Alisson until a year later.

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But such is their importance to the team's success, they are expected to be offered improved terms if Jurgen Klopp's side end their 30-year wait for the top-flight title.

Following football's coronavirus shutdown, Liverpool are set to resume their quest for a 19th league crown with a derby away to Everton on June 21.

They need just two wins to be crowned Premier League champions – but can win the title at Goodison Park if Arsenal defeat Manchester City on June 17.

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