Several Liverpool stars are playing for their future this season. We have a look at six and what they have to do.
We’ll start with the strangest one – Liverpool’s best player. Salah is definitely playing for his future this season, though, as he seeks a new contract.
The question is how much that new contract is worth and the two parties appear to be at odds. Per the Independent, Salah wants to be paid in line with the Premier League’s best players.
Liverpool, however, are reluctant to give huge wages to someone over 30 – which Salah will be at the end of this season. If Salah is to stick around, he’s going to have to prove he’s worth those huge wages.
Though at this point, we’re not sure what more Liverpool need to see.
Keita will have one year left on his deal after this one but per Bild, he wants assurances over playing time before signing a new one. We can safely say Liverpool will sell him in the summer if he hasn’t earned those extra minutes, then.
And with younger players like Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott performing well, Keita’s position looks precarious. He’s going to have to put in a wonderful campaign to get the contract he wants.
Oxlade-Chamberlain faces much the same issue as Keita – there are younger players coming for his place. In fact, it seems the likes of Jones and Elliott are already ahead of the 28-year-old.
That’s a dangerous spot to be in. The younger players will only get better, after all, while we can’t say the same about Oxlade-Chamberlain.
If he hasn’t got back in ahead of them by May, we’re not sure there’s a future for Oxlade-Chamberlain at Anfield.
Much the same as last year. Origi has to shine when he gets his rare minutes if he’s to stick around.
Liverpool likely could have sold him in the summer but stuck quite firmly to an asking price. That gives the Belgian another season and more opportunities – will he take them?
Origi impressed against AC Milan, we should say. More like that and maybe he gets himself yet another year.
Williams is in a very difficult position behind Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Scouser isn’t much older than him and is a far superior player.
Williams has to show what he can bring this season, then, if he’s to get more minutes. If he has a campaign like last year, his development will stall quite drastically – it arguably already has.
Throw in Conor Bradley coming through and Williams is in a tough spot. It’ll take some miraculous performances in training and the cups to earn him a place in the squad going forward.
Honestly, we’re not sure what Phillips could do to get himself back in the pecking order. There are four talent centre-backs ahead of him and the 24-year-old is playing with the Under 21s.
But he’s done it before. Last season saw Phillips earn Jurgen Klopp’s trust and perhaps there’s a way to make it happen again this year.
It might take another injury crisis, however. We’ll be honest – we’re hoping that doesn’t happen.