Liverpool sporting director

The Liverpool priority this summer is keeping hold of their stars rather than replacing them with stellar talent.

Jurgen Klopp has already emphasised that none of the first-team stars integral to the club’s first league title in 30 years will be sold this summer.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club are working on a number of high-value deals that will eat into Klopp’s budget for transfers and new contracts.


The Premier League champions are in talks with Georginio Wijnaldum over a long-term new deal and they are progressing well enough to give hope it can be finalised in the coming weeks.

Negotiations with Harvey Elliott over a new contract have been finalised and an announcement is set for the end of the season.

The precocious 17-year-old has agreed the terms of a three-year deal – the maximum allowed for someone of his age – worth more than £20,000-a-week.

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Virgil van Dijk is in line for a new contract worth 10 times that of his junior teammate.

Football Insider revealed that the Premier League’s outstanding defender is being offered a new deal at Anfield worth a staggering £200,000 a week.

His current agreement, worth a basic £124,000-a-week plus various performance related add-ons, expires in the summer of 2023.

It is not as pressing as the need to tie Wijnaldum, 29, down with his fellow Holland international able to leave on a free in 12 months.

Klopp is in no doubt about the importance to his side of both Dutchmen, or the rare talent of Elliott.

In other Liverpool news, Kevin Phillips tips rookie for big role next season after transfer development.

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