Liverpool’s Optimism: Renewals for Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah
Following the announcement that manager Jurgen Klopp will retire at the end of the current campaign, rumours have started to circulate that the team may also be leaving.
The majority of the existing Anfield coaching staff, including assistant manager Pep Lijnders, who is eager to pursue a career in management, will depart with Klopp.
Following Klopp’s exit, defender Van Dijk was asked if he will return for the upcoming campaign. He said, “That’s a big question.” Well, I’m not sure.”
Since the Saudi Pro League is eager to welcome the most well-known Arab football player in the world to the Gulf state, Salah has also been strongly connected to a move there.
The Liverpool forward was the target of a £150 million summer bid from Al-Ittihad, but the team will not let one of their most valuable players go at such a late date.
Football Insider claims the club is certain they will retain the three players past the 2019–20 season, despite the rumours and remarks.
It is thought that the players will be persuaded to stay longer on Merseyside provided the team displays the proper ambition, beginning with the search for a new manager to succeed Klopp.
Though Van Dijk and Salah will turn 34 and 33 next summer, respectively, it seems doubtful that they will sign massive, bumper contracts given that all three still have 18 months left on their existing contracts.
Given how crucial the two are still to the side right now, it would still be in their best interests to look at possible contract extensions.
Before leaving for Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations duty, Salah scored more goals than any other player at the club with 18 goals in the first half of the season across all competitions.
Van Dijk is still a vital member of Liverpool’s defense, which has given up the same number of goals in the Premier League this season, despite a few egregious mistakes in their 3-1 loss to Arsenal last weekend.
Though many believe the England international has not yet reached his peak and that a move into midfield is likely later in his career, Alexander-Arnold is without a doubt the club’s most valuable asset.
Alexander-Arnold is tied with Andrew Robertson, a full-back for Liverpool, for the most Premier League assists by a defender in the competition’s history (57), demonstrating his well-documented creative qualities.
The three players in question probably have a major part to play in keeping Manchester City at bay in the title race this season, as Liverpool remains unbeaten going into this weekend’s match at Anfield against Burnley.