BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 8, 2018: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp embraces Andy Robertson after the 4-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Top journalist confirms Liverpool’s next contract plans after Andy Robertson deal

Liverpool announced a real positive as Andy Robertson swiftly signed a new five-year contract with the club on Thursday, and the Scot is unlikely to be the last.

Robertson follows the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson in putting pen to paper on new long-term contracts in the past year.

With new signings Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all tied down for the foreseeable future, too, a strong core is to be kept in place under Jurgen Klopp.

Though no incomings are expected in the January transfer window, this is a big boost for the Reds with Robertson one of the most important and consistent players at Anfield.

According to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, likely the next in line for improved terms is his fellow full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 11, 2018: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold urges the crowd on during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though he only signed an extension in 2017, and his salary then increased last April, this is reportedly ‘only’ around £40,000 a week, and a new deal would be “to reflect the 20-year-old’s own eye-catching progress.”

Beyond that, it can be deduced that Gini Wijnaldum, whose current agreement expires in 2021, would also be under consideration.

The futures of Joel Matip (2020) and Adam Lallana (2020, with option for another year) will need to be addressed, along with Divock Origi (2020), though it may be that they are deemed expendable.

Two players who won’t be due new contracts, however, are squad options Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge.

Joyce confirms that Moreno “will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season,” suggesting “a return to Spain is likely,” while adding that Sturridge “will also depart with his contract scheduled to run out.”

Connor Randall and Lazar Markovic can also depart, but claims James Milner‘s terms are up in July are false, with vice-captain tied down until 2020.

Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever (Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

Furthermore, while the announcement of a first professional contract for Ki-Jana Hoever was expected to come on his 17th birthday on Friday, this may not be the case.

According to the Evening Standard‘s David Lynch, there is “no rush” to complete negotiations, as it is “viewed as an inevitability by those close to the situation.”

“The club’s hierarchy enjoy a strong relationship with both the player and his agent,” he adds, “and both parties see the Netherlands youth international’s future at Anfield.”

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