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Jurgen Klopp has been reassured by the Liverpool hierarchy of the club’s priorities in the wake of Jordan Henderson ’s contract stalemate breaking out on Monday – with five key stars being lined up for new deals.
There was an outpouring of discontent from Liverpool fans across social media directed at club owners, FSG, in light of the Henderson news.
And it’s not just the fans who want the club to extend Henderson’s stay at Anfield either.
Klopp is adamant that he wants his skipper to stay – with similarities being drawn to the standoff with Gini Wijnaldum, who departed Merseyside to join PSG on a free transfer this summer after his contract expired.
However, the club has reportedly moved to reassure Klopp, with The Athletic reporting that the key focus of sporting director Michael Edwards’ work this summer is getting some of the club’s elite players tied down for the future.
Liverpool have not made any progress on a new contract for Henderson
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The club are prioritising the futures of Alisson, Fabinho, Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ahead of others currently.
Liverpool view the spine of Alisson, Fabinho and Van Dijk as key elements who will be vital to their ambitions of sustained success over the next few years.
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The big-money arrivals of Alisson and Van Dijk back in 2018 proved to be the catalyst for the Reds to end an agonising 30-year wait for a league title.
The duo, alongside Fabinho, helped form the foundations which transformed a leaky defensive unit into a formidable one – so it should be of little surprise that the club have prioritized retaining their services.
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The future of Liverpool’s potent attacking trio is less clear-cut.
There is an acceptance around the club of the need to freshen up a squad which has only seen three additions in the last five transfer windows, along with keeping an eye on players ageing.
One of those additions, Diego Jota was brought in from Wolves to provide competition for the Reds established forward line of Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino, and the Portuguese star impressed as the season went on.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah
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All three are 29-years old and are coming into the final two years of their current agreements, and it’s unlikely all will be offered new long-term deals on big money to take them into their mid-30’s.
Securing the future of Salah is the highest priority of the three, which is unsurprising when you consider the Egyptian star’s outstanding record of 125 goals in just 203 matches since his arrival on Merseyside.
A deal is not set to be straightforward though, with the pandemic complicating both pay rises and any potential suitors.
Senegal star Sane would be next in line for fresh terms if an agreement can be reached, with Brazilian forward Firmino looking the most likely casualty.
Perhaps that isn’t too surprising, with a meagre return of just nine goals in all competitions.
If Jota can build upon his impressive debut season, then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Firmino phased out this term, as there's an acceptance amongst the club that the core of the title-winning squad's time on Merseyside is drawing to a natural conclusion.
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