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More positive PR: LFC close to sorting new contracts for duo

Reports today suggest Liverpool pair Jordon Ibe and Martin Skrtel will sign new contracts at Liverpool in the near future.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 19, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action against Besiktas JK during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to the Liverpool Echo, Ibe will put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Reds this week, keeping him there until 2020.

The 19-year-old has impressed greatly since returning from his loan spell at Derby earlier in the season, and was one of Liverpool’s standout players in the 0-0 Merseyside derby stalemate at Everton in February.

The former Wycombe Wanderers youngster is seen as a big part of both Liverpool and England’s future, with some even tipping him to become a bigger star than Raheem Sterling.

Meanwhile, the Echo also claim that Skrtel is set to prolong his stay on Merseyside, despite reported interest from Napoli and Wolfsburg.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 21, 2014: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel celebrates scoring the second goal against Arsenal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Slovakia international has confirmed that he has no plans to move away from the Reds, stating, “I am not leaving anywhere. Not to Wolfsburg nor to Naples.”

His agent, Karol Csonto, echoed his client’s sentiment, and claimed some of the transfer speculation is nonsense.

“The only offer which is lying on Martin Skrtel’s table right now is the extension of his contract from Liverpool. We have been working on the details, and we will be finalising it soon.

“It is not true that he has some offer from the German club. I don’t know anything even about their interest.”

Skrtel has enjoyed a pleasing return to form this season, particularly since Christmas, and is now one of Liverpool’s longest serving players.

This latest report comes the day after it was claimed Jordan Henderson has agreed a new £100,000 per week deal with the club.

After the FA Cup semi-final defeat, there’s been plenty of positive PR pushed out by Liverpool, including yesterday’s official announcement of the new shirt sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered.

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