Reliable journalist confirms Liverpool’s plans to tie down key defensive trio next

23 November 2018

Liverpool’s plans for the future haven’t stopped with Sadio Mane‘s new contract, with three more deals in the offing according to a reliable journalist.


Mane agreed a new long-term deal with the Reds on Thursday, which will keep him at Anfield until at least 2023, in line with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino‘s recent extensions.

Despite his hot-and-cold form so far this season, this is an excellent boost for Jurgen Klopp‘s side having tied down one of the club’s most important players.

And while Liverpool are expected to remain quiet in the January transfer market, more new contracts can be expected in the near future.

The Times‘ Paul Joyce has confirmed talks are underway with Joe Gomez regarding an improved deal, with Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold next in line.

All three are among the first names on Klopp’s teamsheet this season, joining Virgil van Dijk as part of a first-choice back line that has helped concede just five goals in the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 11, 2018: Liverpool's Andy Robertson waves to the Kop as they sing his name after the 2-0 victory over Fulham during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At just 21, 24 and 20 respectively, Gomez, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold can be part of Liverpool’s defence long into the future.

And it would be difficult to argue that their fine form doesn’t deserve recognition, with only leaders Man City shipping as few goals in the league.

Looking forward, the Reds are in an excellent position regarding contracts throughout the first-team squad, with only Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge within their final 12 months.

Van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri, Salah, Mane and Firmino are all committed until 2023, according to Transfermarkt, with Alisson until 2024.

Gini Wijnaldum could be expected to enter talks in the near future, too, with his current deal reportedly due to expire in 2021.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 25, 2018: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold takes a throw-in during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, Liverpool have extended their agreement with throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark, BBC Sport confirmed on Thursday night.

Gronnemark, who works extensively with Gomez, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold, will now remain with the club until at least June.

“The extension documents Liverpool’s satisfaction with my work and the fact that they recognise and acknowledge the results we’ve achieved with the players,” he explained.

“I hope that our hard work will be rewarded with good results when the season comes to an end in May.”

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