Liverpool youth trio Kevin Stewart, Ben Woodburn & Trent Alexander-Arnold are all set to sign new contracts with the club.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has proved his faith in youth throughout his 12 months on Merseyside so far, and each of Stewart, Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold all played a key role for the first team during pre-season.
While they are yet to break through into the senior side on a regular basis, Klopp looks to have acknowledged their importance to the club’s future, with a slew of new contracts in the offing.
According to the Mail‘s Joe Bernstein, Stewart, Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold will all be confirmed to have signed new deals in the near future.
This comes despite Stewart only extending his terms in February, but his strong performances in the second half of 2015/16, and the positive signs shown against the likes of Barcelona over the summer and on the training ground this season, have clearly spurred another renewal.
Stewart is said to have agreed a deal that will keep him at Anfield until 2021, adding a further year onto his current contract.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Woodburn is due to put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the club, which the Liverpool Echo have previously reported to be a three-year deal—the longest possible for a player his age.
Alexander-Arnold, 18, signed his first professional deal this time last year, but his rapid rise through the ranks has prompted an improved offer from the club.
Both Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold have been promoted to the Liverpool Under-23s on a permanent basis this season, while the latter featured on the substitutes’ bench for the Reds’ opening-day victory over Arsenal in the Premier League in August.
Speaking to This is Anfield in September, Alexander-Arnold highlighted his ambition to break through to the senior squad under Klopp.
“[I need to] keep working hard, keep trying to learn and do the right things and try and do the things in training [Klopp] wants me to do,” he explained.
“With time I’ll mature and then I should be fighting for places.”
This new contract could be the next step towards doing so, as Liverpool look to tie down their most promising young players and secure the future of the club for the long term.