Liverpool’s transfer activity this summer has been an unquestioned success following the club’s acquisitions of Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota.
Jurgen Klopp and his team have been rightly lauded in their ability to remain one step ahead of their rivals in pretty much every department and this has shown on the pitch following Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the season.
The key to such unrivalled success in recent years has been the meticulous player recruitment and development that has seen Liverpool and Klopp transform unpolished prospects into global superstars.
Liverpool have made it their priority to tie down key assets to long-term lucrative contracts and have successfully maintained the services of a number of world-class talents during the peak years of their respective careers.
We have seen new deals sanctioned for the likes Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Divock Origi, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson which have reinforced Liverpool’s standing as a destination for the continent’s elite players, rather than a stepping stone.
However, there are still two deals that are yet to be confirmed which will be in the club’s immediate interest.
Both Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, arguably the club’s most transformative signings of the Premier League era, are still yet to put pen-to-paper on fresh terms.
There has been speculation that talks are ongoing but nothing has been made official as of yet.
A large proportion of Liverpool’s success in recent times has been their ability to prioritise what they have as opposed to what they can bring in. Keeping their current squad members happy and content has taken greater precedence over searching for the next crop of elite talents.
This has seen Liverpool avoid previous detrimental scenarios such as the departures of former key players such as Xabi Alonso and Luis Suarez who were all poached by European rivals during critical periods of the player’s development.
Because of this, Liverpool know better than anyone the importance of ensuring both Van Dijk and Alisson are tied down to new long-term deals.
There is no immediate rush, however, given the financial doubt, the ongoing pandemic still opposes. Van Dijk is currently contracted at the club until 2023 while Alisson has an additional year on his Liverpool deal to the Dutchman.
Still, Liverpool will want to avoid a contractual situation similar to that of Georginio Wijnaldum so even though it may seem a couple of years down the line, the Reds would be wise to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
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