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Diogo Jota set for “significant pay rise” as Liverpool open talks with duo

Following extensions for Joe Gomez, Mohamed Salah and James Milner, Diogo Jota could be the next Liverpool player to sign a new contract – with a major pay rise.

Liverpool have been conducting their business with consummate ease in these opening weeks of the summer, with three signings already confirmed along with two sales.

On Thursday, the club announced their third new contract of the off-season, too, with Gomez agreeing terms on a five-year deal to follow Salah and Milner in committing his future to Anfield.

That comes after a similar pledge from Jurgen Klopp in April, with the manager’s contract keeping him at the club until 2026 and playing a key role in convincing the players to stay.

While there are not expected to be any further additions to Klopp’s squad before deadline day on September 1, new sporting director Julian Ward remains busy with sales, loans and player retention.

According to GOAL‘s Neil Jones, Jota is one of the next players to be rewarded with a new deal, with “talks expected to progress in the coming weeks.”

The forward, it is claimed, is in line for a “significant pay rise,” having initially agreed a five-year contract when he joined from Wolves in a £45 million transfer in 2020.

It is unclear how much Jota currently earns, but he is unlikely to be close to the club’s top earners at this point, with Liverpool typically paying under £100,000 a week for new signings of his profile.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 14, 2021: Liverpool's (L-R) Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and Divock Origi during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 1 game between Liverpool FC and AC Milan. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

However, his remarkable start to life at Anfield – which has seen him score 34 goals in 85 appearances so far – could see him rise to a similar pay packet as club-record arrival Darwin Nunez, who earns around £140,000 per week.

Jones reiterates that the club are also looking to tie down Naby Keita to a new long-term contract, with it likely that the Guinean takes a big bump in wages too.

It remains to be seen how Liverpool will approach the situations of Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who, like Keita, see their terms expire in 2023.

Tough decisions will also need to be made over Thiago and Joel Matip, whose contracts run until 2024.

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