By Kevin Phillips

9th Aug, 2021 | 4:00pm

Phillips: Liverpool have secured 'best bit of business' possible amid reliable journalist reveal

Kevin Phillips has claimed tying Alisson, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold down to new deals was “the best bit of business” Liverpool could do this summer on a limited budget.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner suggested focus would now turn to recruiting two new faces for the first team.

Liverpool announced on Wednesday that Alisson had penned a new six-year contract, just days after Fabinho and Alexander-Arnold committed their long-term futures to the club.

However, Liverpool’s in-house business does not appear to be finished.

According to Kevin Palmer, writing in the Sunday World (August 8th), the club are prepared to break their £200,000-a-week wage limit to secure the services of Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah.

Both players’ current contracts are set to expire at the end of June 2023.

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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of the latest from Anfield, Phillips said:

“If you cannot bring players in, tying down your current players to new deals is the best bit of business you can do.

“Get them done and dusted and out of the ways and then you haven’t got any unrest behind the scenes with players saying, ‘I want this. I want that.’

“It is very sensible from Liverpool, getting them tied down. Now they can focus on trying to get a couple of new faces in before the window shuts.

“There has obviously been some frustration because they have not made the signings they would have liked to. But perhaps we will see some movement on that front in the next couple of weeks.”

In other news, Liverpool told to complete two marquee signings as near-£100m deal revealed by Ornstein.