Liverpool are prioritising contracts in 2021, according to reports. The Reds have two stars at the top of their list.
This comes from CBS. They have Spanish journalist Fabrizio Romano giving a rundown on every UEFA Champions League club and their summer plans.
That, of course, includes Liverpool. And while the summer offers an opportunity to bring in new stars, it’s a current pair that represent the ‘top priority’.
Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho are that pair. Liverpool want to make sure they lock them down with long-term contracts in 2021 – with Mohamed Salah next in line for a new deal.
That’s quite interesting and asks questions of why those two take precedence over Salah.
We wonder if it’s simply down to long-term viability. Salah, a player who relies heavily on his pace, may fade faster than the others.
It sounds as though Liverpool still want him around as they’re considering a contract offer but a new deal for Salah might not be quite as essential. There’s risk involved, certainly.
Although, there are still questions about Van Dijk and his long-term viability. On the face of it, all is well and the Dutchman can be a piece at Anfield for another five years.
But you have to consider his injury this season. If Liverpool truly are considering a new deal, it suggests they believe he’ll fully recover.
They can’t possibly know that for certain, however, until he’s fully healed and playing again.
As for Fabinho, he only turned 27 this season. He certainly has another five years left in him and a new contract makes a lot of sense.
All in all, there’s nothing to disagree with, here. Liverpool have three players who can absolutely provide elite performances for years to come and tying them down is the sensible move.