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Liverpool's summer priority will be Georgino Wijnaldum's contract situation

Liverpool’s 2020 summer transfer window so far has seen just the solitary signing of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

The signing of the Greek left-back was a shrewd and needed acquisition in a position that has glaringly lacked cover for some time now.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Kostas Tsimikas new signing for Liverpool at Melwood Training Ground on August 10, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool have indeed been linked with other potential targets as speculation continues to intensify regarding the ongoing transfer rumour mill.

The name Thiago Alcantara just doesn’t seem to go away this summer while the likes of Ismaila Sarr, Ben White, Patson Daka and Kristoffer Ajer have also been touted as potential candidates of interest to Liverpool.

There has been some impressive work behind the scenes to ensure the bulk of Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League-winning squad have been maintained for yet another year following a number of key long-term contract extensions.

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Liverpool’s current contractual climate

  1. Kostas Tsimikas – 2025
  2. Curtis Jones – 2025
  3. Neco Williams – 2025
  4. Trent Alexander Arnold – 2024
  5. Alisson Becker – 2024
  6. Andy Robertson – 2024
  7. Joe Gomez – 2024
  8. Divock Origi – 2024
  9. Takumi Minamino – 2024
  10. Joel Matip – 2024
  11. Mohamed Salah – 2023
  12. Virgil van Dijk – 2023
  13. Sadio Mane – 2023
  14. Roberto Firmino – 2023
  15. Fabinho – 2023
  16. Naby Keita – 2023
  17. Jordan Henderson – 2023
  18. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 2023
  19. Xherdan Shaqiri – 2023
  20. James Milner – 2022
  21. Georginio Wijnaldum – 2021

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool (R) and Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool look on before the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Wijnaldum is the odd man out

Unsurprisngly, the other player other than Thiago Alcantara who is on the lips of practically every Kopite is Georginio Wijnaldum.

The midfielder’s future remains in limbo after Wijnaldum’s current Liverpool contract went into the final year before it’s expiration date.

From January, he will be able to begin negotiations with other clubs regarding his next footballing destination and it is important that Liverpool do not let it get to this point.

Reports from Spain indicate that Barcelona and Ronald Koeman are looking to land the Netherland’s international to the Camp Nou yet reputable Liverpool journalist James Pearce has claimed that Wijnaldum has showcased no desire to leave Anfield this summer.

Speaking on The Athletic’s Red Agenda podcast, Pearce said: “Wijnaldum couldn’t agree on a deal last season, there are no active talks at the moment.

“He hasn’t done anything to push for a move so far, Liverpool are not actively looking to sell but you got the Koeman factor at Barcelona we know how close they are…”

Pearce’s colleague Simon Hughes also weighed in on the matter claiming that problems contractually stem from both Liverpool and Wijnaldum unable to agree on the length of a contract extension.

Hughes said: “The player [Wijnaldum] is at a a tricky age to be negotiating for, he’s 29. From what I was told the player wanted 4 years, and the contract that he’s being offered is a bit shorter than that.”

Wijnaldum, 29, is currently on international duty with the Netherlands this week and journalists took the opportunity to talk to Wijnaldum about his future.

When asked about the links to Barcelona, he said: “It’s a rumour, I have nothing to say about it,” as per The ECHO.

Nothing concrete has developed yet, but if Liverpool can reach an agreement regarding a new deal then it would undoubtedly represent the biggest win for the club in this summer’s transfer window.

Extra additions?

Virgil van Dijk’s contract only lasts until 2023 and the club are soon expected to make an announcement of his extension which will make the reigning UEFA Player of the Year the highest paid player at the club.

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker is also said to be a contractual priority for the club despite his current deal running to 2024.

The Brazilian shot-stopper has quickly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in world football and Liverpool will want to make sure that Alisson’s salary with the club pays notion such brilliance.

Alisson currently earns a respectable £90,000-a-week yet he is only the club’s 10th highest earner.

Considering Alisson is only 27 and isn’t even close to his peak as a goalkeeper, Liverpool could look at extending his current deal that could also see a handsome pay-rise.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal takes on Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool during the Community Shield after the FA Community Shield match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on August 29, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

This is a reminded to Liverpool that a deal for Wijnaldum must be a top priority to avoid any repeat of the Emre Can scenario that unfolded in 2018.

Liverpool cannot allow one of the their best midfielders to leave for nothing even if there was a guarantee that Thiago Alcantara were to join the club.

Beyond this, there are a number of options from the academy ready to step up, with player’s hopeful to emulate the success of Trent Alexander-Arnold in the first-team.

Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott are all expected to see more involvmement under Klopp next year while Billy Koumetio and Paul Glatzel are among other candidates who we recently tipped as players to watch out for.

Liverpool currently look stronger than ever given their status as Premier League champions, and this is one of many reasons why fans are so encouraged that there is plenty more success ahead for the club.

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