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8th Nov, 2016 | 9:09am

Three down, two to go: Why Liverpool must hand improved contracts to this duo

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Liverpool must hand improved contract offers to Philippe Coutinho and Ovie Ejaria ahead of the January transfer window.

The duo are at different stages in their career but both Liverpool stars need to be persuaded to stay with the club in the long-term amid much attention from other clubs.

Coutinho has been one of the most in-form players in the Premier League so far this season and could be the difference between Liverpool winning the title or not.

The 24 year-old has already scored five league goals this season and has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent weeks.

According to Bleacher Report, the Spanish giants have targeted the Liverpool star so the Reds must consider offering him an improved contract agreement.

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The talented Brazilian has penned his commitment to the club until 2020 but given his increasing status as one of the best midfielders in the league, Liverpool need to offer him a pay rise.

Ejaria, 18, is just kick-starting his career at Anfield but the talented youngster has shown maturity, imagination and skill beyond his years and is turning heads with his performances for Liverpool.

Liverpool announced on Tuesday morning that young guns Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Kevin Stewart have all signed new long-term deals and the club’s next priority must be to do the same with Ejaria.

The youngster came on as a late substitute to make his Premier League debut against Watford on Sunday after being named on the bench for Liverpool’s clash against Chelsea last month.

In other Liverpool news, Klopp has revealed his international break plans while Gomez hopes to make a return in friendly match.