Jurgen Klopp has extended his Liverpool contract until 2026. Here are three players who will benefit greatly from the decision.
Liverpool announced on Thursday that Jurgen Klopp will stick around until 2026. He’s extended his contract beyond its initial 2024 expiry – and what a wonderful thing that is.
The Reds benefit in just about every area as a result and things feel pretty rosy right now. But here are three current Liverpool players who may benefit more from this than anyone.
Harvey Elliott stepped into Liverpool’s first-team squad at just 18 this season. Injury robbed him of a full campaign – and his place in the XI – but he’s still provided some incredible performances.
The fact is that Klopp trusts Elliott, even as an inexperienced teenager. The German recently said the kid is in ‘unbelievable’ shape, even if he’s not in the team right now. He can use him in a starting XI to great effect and has confidence in him. That will now carry through until 2026, assuming Elliott keeps developing as he is.
A new manager may not have seen things that way in two years, though. They’d almost certainly wouldn’t have trusted a then-21-year-old Elliott in a first-team role, after all, as any incoming boss would want reliable experience. After all, they wouldn’t have the established position Klopp does to put such faith in a young player.
And so Elliott can now rely on first-team exposure until he’s at least 23. With Klopp at the helm, the youngster gets his best shot at the right development.
Roberto Firmino’s contract expires in 2023 but we think this news could secure a new one. Klopp, after all, considers the Brazilian to be an ‘insane’ player who you could write a book about. Firmino is essentially the boss’s perfect player for that False 9 role.
But at 31, a long-term contract extension felt difficult this summer. Any new boss in 2024 would almost certainly have replaced Firmino entirely, given few coaches operate with a False 9. Liverpool just wouldn’t have seen value in extending Firmino’s deal beyond then.
Now, though? We think it makes a four-year contract look much more palatable. Liverpool should align Firmino’s deal with Klopp’s to essentially guarantee the boss his ideal forward. Even if it’s just as a squad option going forward.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is, for our money, the world’s best right-back. Liverpool wouldn’t dream of swapping him for anyone on the planet and he’s their most creative outlet. Would that happen under any other manager?
We’re not so sure. Klopp gives an unbelievable licence to his full-backs to be that outlet when no other team really does. A new boss would almost certainly move the creativity away from Alexander-Arnold and into a more traditional role.
We even saw last year how underrated the Scouser is. Gareth Southgate left the Liverpool star out of his England squad, despite him being fit. This being a player who had won just about everything a right-back can realistically win at an individual level.
But with Klopp on board, Alexander-Arnold will undoubtedly spend the next four years getting better and better. He’ll maintain his influence on the side and continue his relentless rise. This new contract guarantees that.