The Times report that Liverpool have made some telling player decisions with their contracts in 2019.
Long-term deal for Robertson
Most importantly, the Reds have extended Andy Robertson’s contract until 2024. That will be music to the ears of Liverpool fans who have seen the Scot become a firm favourite.
Robertson wasn’t in the squad at the start of last season but he became integral as the Reds made the Champions League final.
Now arguably the best left-back in the Premier League, Robertson looks set to hold down his position for a long time.
Liverpool contracts expiring in 2019
One consequence of the deal is Alberto Moreno’s exit. The Spaniard fell out of the side last December and Robertson’s superb form appears to be the end of him. The report names a return to Spain as likely.
The news won’t disappoint many fans, though. Moreno has never really fit in and he has been an outright liability at times.
Many have wanted him to move on for years and Robertson has finally allowed that.
Daniel Sturridge’s reported exit may be harder to hear, however. The forward hasn’t been a regular for a few years now but there will always be the question of what might have been.
Outstanding in his first 18 months, Sturridge’s injuries have crippled his career. He was well on course to break goal records at Liverpool at his peak, but instead became a ‘what if’.
It’s best for everyone that he moves on, although it condemns things to being a sorry tale.
What do the decisions mean?
Liverpool have put their faith in Robertson while also opening the door for signings.
Cover will be needed at left-back as only 33-year-old midfielder James Milner is fit to deputise for Robertson. Unless it’s a role that Nathaniel Clyne can return to fill.
Similarly, Sturridge’s imminent exit leaves Liverpool short up top. There’s no Dominic Solanke anymore, either, while Divock Origi’s future is in doubt as he prepares to enter the final year of his deal.
Will we see Liverpool move for a striker and a left-back? Is does look likely with this news.