Liverpool have six major first-team contracts set to expire in 2023. Here’s a rundown of the players and what the Reds should do.
The Athletic have reported extensively on Liverpool’s contract situations recently. It’s pretty clear that the club has a problem.
There are six major Liverpool contracts set to expire in 2023. Six first-team players who, arguably, represent the core of the side.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane & Roberto Firmino
Yes, all of Liverpool’s famed front-three have contracts expiring at the same time. And that presents a massive problem for the Reds.
Because when it comes to entering the final year of their respective contracts in 2022, they’ll all be 30. That suggests their long-term suitability for Liverpool is quite limited.
So what do you do? You can’t feasibly offer them all long-term contracts. Having three highly-paid 34 or 35-year-olds just doesn’t make any sense.
Liverpool will have to make a difficult decision next summer. At least one player will have to move on as they try to get value before their contract expires.
Virgil van Dijk & Fabinho
We imagine both players will get new contracts. The Daily Mail reported in May that Fabinho was set for one.
That’s possibly the most important contract out of the six. Fabinho is still only 27 – there’s more than enough value in a five-year deal.
Van Dijk will surely get a new one, too. He’s really the only player in Liverpool’s squad who has a case to be the world’s best. The Dutchman isn’t really replaceable at all and even a declining Van Dijk should be elite.
The big one. Reports over the last few days claim things have stalled between Henderson and Liverpool.
The Reds want to avoid a Gini Wijnaldum situation, too, where they lose a key asset for nothing. Henderson would rather move to somewhere with a long-term future if Liverpool won’t give him that.
We think losing Henderson would be a disaster and Liverpool should compromise here to keep him around. Regardless, it appears this one will ride for a little longer, at least.