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‘Outstanding’ star and £29m man among Liverpool’s next 5 key decisions after Salah

Liverpool face five further imminent contract situations to solve once the Anfield hierarchy have sorted Mohamed Salah’s future with another eight players to be free agents by 2023.

Jurgen Klopp’s squad could look vastly different in 13 months’ time as deals run down and some stars depart for pastures new. Salah’s is among the most pressing situations to solve having been a talismanic presence on Merseyside amid the club’s bid to win a quadruple.

The Egyptian is one of five Liverpool players currently set to be out of contract on June 30, 2023. Four will also see their terms lapse this June including Divock Origi, who has rejected a free transfer to Newcastle. Reports by Calciomercato note he snubbed the Toon as he gave AC Milan his word.

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Origi is highly likely to head the queue forming beside the Liverpool exit door ahead of his contract expiring. Unfavoured goalkeepers Adrian and Loris Karius, likewise, will see their Anfield careers come to an end when their deals lapse, having rarely featured this season.

Attentions among the Anfield hierarchy will also turn to those with deals expiring in a year, knowing that this summer represents the Reds’ last chance to secure a sizable transfer fee for those on the fringes and potentially no longer required in Klopp’s plans going forward.

That is not the case with Salah, who the Mirror note Liverpool have offered £400k-a-week to extend his contract. Yet Sport also report Barcelona have spoken with Salah’s agent on a move to Catalunya, as they wait patiently to learn if he will prolong his stay on Merseyside.

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Liverpool must turn attention to Mane contract after Salah talks

The most pressing contract situation Liverpool will have to prioritise once Salah’s future is resolved is Sadio Mane’s. The Senegalese sensation is set to be a free agent in 2023 but he could leave much sooner. That’s because Cadena Cope report he wants to move to Spain.

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Barcelona are attentive to Mane’s contractual situation at Liverpool as they eye potential replacements for Ousmane Dembele. Mane would welcome a move to the Camp Nou or Real Madrid, too. But he will not decide his future until after the Champions League final.

Liverpool must be loath to let Mane leave, though, and should seek to secure his services with a new contract. The £100k-a-week dynamo is regularly offering a key presence under Klopp and stepping in with vital goals, like against Villarreal and Manchester City recently.

Milner contract situation should be a high priority for Reds to solve

Liverpool must decide James Milner’s future at Anfield promptly with the midfielder out of contract this June. The 36-year-old has remained a regular part of Klopp’s sqaud so far this season. But the midfielder has not extended his terms with the Reds since December 2019.

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Klopp also still lauds Milner for what the 61-cap former England star gives. He said, via The Telegraph, in April: “He was outstanding [at Newcastle]. Milly is incredibly important for us and that is very important. We talk about the dressing room, he is very helpful there.”

Additionally, The Athletic report Klopp wants Liverpool to give Milner a new contract and fend off his many offers elsewhere. But Fenway Sports Group will have the final say on if the versatile veteran earns new terms, and FSG are still to decide their plans for Milner.

Liverpool can now afford to sell Firmino after Diaz deal

This season could be Roberto Firmino’s last at Anfield as the Brazilian nears the final year of his contract. The 30-year-old last penned an extension in April 2018 after three years on Merseyside, following his £29m transfer from TSG Hoffenheim under Brendan Rodgers.

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Firmino has often been a key figure at Anfield following Klopp’s arrival to replace Rodgers in charge. Yet he has found his role decrease between injuries this season, and the form shown by Luis Diaz since his January arrival could leave Firmino even more out in the cold.

Diaz boasts six goals and four assists after his first 23 Liverpool appearances, while giving a game-changing presence even when not scoring. Firmino, meanwhile, boasts 11 goals and four assists in 31 games, and has only hit one in his last 12 league games since October 16.

With Firmino’s contract ending in June 2023, Liverpool will know his situation and place in Klopp’s plans leans toward selling him this summer to recoup as much of a fee as possible.

Keita faces uncertain Anfield future as performances remain inconsistent

Keita is another facing an uncertain future at Liverpool ahead of the summer sales with his contract expiring in 2023. The midfielder has shown flashes of the ability which convinced the Reds to pay RB Leipzig a premium above his £48m release clause for a transfer in 2017.

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But those flashes have been too infrequent, coupled with a torrid record for injuries, which has held Keita to just 111 appearances in all competitions since his arrival on Merseyside in 2018. His efforts against Manchester United this term also had Keita at his best and worst.

Away at Old Trafford in October, Keita scored and assisted in a perfect performance by the 27-year-old. He continually drove the Reds forward, yet had a shocker at home to the Red Devils last month as Keita avoided a late red card for an apparent stamp on Jesse Lingard.

Liverpool chiefs will likely be loath to reward Keita with a long-term contract extension on what he has so far achieved. Without a strong end to the season, the 27-year-old may start looking for a new home this summer as the Reds strive to avoid letting him leave for free.

Oxlade-Chamberlain faces Liverpool axe as contract expiry nears

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been with Liverpool since a last-gasp £35m deadline day deal from Arsenal in August 2017. Yet the 28-year-old has never held a key role at Anfield and is now nearing the final year of his extended contract, after prolonging his stay in August 2019.

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His contractual situation will sit promptly on Klopp’s desk as he and FSG discuss Liverpool’s plans for any summer transfers. Having only started nine of 17 Premier League games this season and only featured once since January, Oxlade-Chamberlain can easily face the axe.

Klopp has had plenty of time to determine what impact Oxlade-Chamberlain is capable of providing at Anfield. And all too often, the German has felt the 35-cap ace’s influence in games is not what the Reds need, having failed to gain a starting role when given chances.

Now, Liverpool could look at Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contractual situation and see a player they can sell to reinvest funds this summer. The Daily Mail also note the Portsmouth-born dynamo fears for his future with the Reds, having yet held any talks over a new contract.

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