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