BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Friday, March 11, 2016: Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action against Manchester United during the Under-21 FA Premier League match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Cameron Brannagan to be rewarded with new contract, 7 months after last deal

Seven months after signing a new long-term contract with Liverpool, Cameron Brannagan is set for an improved deal.

The 20-year-old academy midfielder made nine appearances for the Reds in 2015/16, including his first Premier League start on the last day of the season away to West Bromwich Albion.

Brannagan produced a man-of-the-match performance at the Hawthorns that afternoon, highlighting his potential within Jurgen Klopp‘s squad.

Klopp instigated an initial extension to Brannagan’s contract in October, saying he has “everything you need for a midfield player he wants to play football.”

Now, after impressing the German when called upon in the first team, Brannagan is set to be offered another, improved contract, according to the Liverpool Echo.

This is a marker of the club’s belief in Brannagan, particularly following the departure of fellow academy midfielder Jordan Rossiter on a free transfer to Rangers.

Rossiter was long held up as Liverpool’s best young hope, but the club allowed his contract to run down following Klopp’s arrival.

EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan warms-up before the FA Cup 3rd Round match against Exeter City at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brannagan, Pedro Chirivella and Kevin Stewart have all been given regular opportunities under Klopp, and it is clear that he is highly rated by the German and his backroom staff.

The U21s captain scored a sensational goal as Michael Beale’s side were held to a 2-2 draw against Sacramento Republic in the second of their post-season friendlies as part of their US tour this month.

Turning away from a pair of Sacramento defenders, Brannagan curled an effort into the top corner from near the edge of the penalty area.

Wearing the No. 10 shirt on the night, it was a goal reminiscent of Liverpool’s key playmaker, Philippe Coutinho.

Whether Brannagan can go on to emulate the Brazilian on Merseyside remains to be seen, but this improved deal suggests Klopp believes he can go some way towards doing so.

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