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Mohamed Salah contract expected to be followed by Sadio Mane deal

Having tied down both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to new long-term contracts, Liverpool are hoping Sadio Mane will also commit his future.

Firmino agreed a five-year deal with the Reds in April, while Salah was confirmed to be remaining with the club until at least 2023 on Monday morning.

Having netted 71 goals between them last season, the pair are two of Jurgen Klopp‘s most important players, and are now two of the club’s highest earners alongside Virgil van Dijk.

The structure is in place for Liverpool’s key names to be rewarded for their progress, and as part of a devastating forward unit Mane is next in line for an extension.

According to widespread reports including the Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Liverpool Echo, the 26-year-old is now a priority.

The Mirror‘s David Maddock has elaborated further, claiming Mane has also been offered a new five-year deal.

This would effectively ensure the core of Klopp’s squad remain together into their peak years, with Van Dijk, Naby Keita and Fabinho also on similar terms.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has four years remaining on the deal he signed last summer, while Ben Woodburn also agreed a new five-year contract in October and Rhian Brewster is set to sign his first professional deal imminently.

Joe Gomez is tied down until 2022, Dejan Lovren‘s deal could keep him through to the same year and both Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed five-year contracts when they moved in 2017.

ROME, ITALY - Wednesday, May 2, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Manes celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between AS Roma and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Olimpico. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Heading into the new season, the majority of Klopp’s squad will be aged 27 or under, with only Lovren, who turns 29 this month, and Jordan Henderson, 28, expected to play a key role of those older.

James Milner and Ragnar Klavan, both 32, will provide experienced cover, but crucially the bulk of Liverpool’s first-team regulars are in their early-to-mid 20s.

Klopp himself is committed to the club until 2022, when he is likely to depart for a new challenge, though the Reds will be hoping he remains beyond a seven-year spell.

He can build around the likes of Mane, Firmino and Salah, as one of the most exciting attacking lines in European football.

Mane was linked with a shock move to Real Madrid earlier this summer, though speculation was swiftly quashed, and Keita attested to his close friend’s affection for the club on his arrival.

The winger is not set to report back for pre-season training until later in July, following Senegal’s exit at the group stage of the World Cup.

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