Liverpool have plenty of things to think about this summer Jürgen Klopp oversees a renovation, but that has been known for some time – give plenty of time to get things in order.
But what does the perfect scenario look like for Liverpool? Which positions would be strengthened and which key contract decisions would be resolved?
Not everything can be ticked off the list at the Reds, with incoming players, for example, partly dictated by circumstances elsewhere, including the willingness of the selling club.
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But here are the four things Liverpool.com believe will ‘definitely’ happen in the dream outcome at the end of this season, from fixing problem areas to committing key players to lengthy new deals.
Problems in midfield have been solved
Alexis Mac Allister and Mason Mount are among the top targets for Liverpool heading into the summer transfer window, and it would be an excellent thing to secure a good deal for both.
Getting two Premier League stars in Mac Allister and Mount would mean Liverpool’s midfield could get off to a flying start next season with little adjustment period for the pair.
As a third option, someone like Ryan Gravenberch, who could be more of a ‘project’ for Liverpool to develop for the future, would make perfect sense to add depth and quality.
Devised a defensive plan
Joël Matip has only one year left on his contract, while Virgil van Dijk will turn 32 before the start of next season. Ibrahima Konaté has already been cemented as a key part of the future at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, but he could use a partner.
In an ideal world, while there’s also Joe Gomez to reckon with, Liverpool could sign another high-ceiling centre-back this summer who could take a few minutes away from Van Dijk and slowly gain a larger share of the squad could become. .
Either way, another defender will need to be signed this summer or next summer, which means a plan needs to be worked out in advance (and, in fact, almost certainly already will be).
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New contracts agreed
Matip and Thiago Alcântara both have deals that run until 2024. The following year, the contracts of Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk (as well as Kostas Tsimikas, Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips) expire. It would make sense to at least get Alexander-Arnold’s extension in order as he will be lining up for as long as possible.
That means it’s approaching the time when Liverpool will have plenty to think about again with new deals. It’s a certainty that Alexander-Arnold will re-sign and that could be something to consider this summer, while another long drawn saga could come with Salah, who has more than justified the latter with a 30-goal haul since his penning. that mega extension of three years.
Jürgen Klopp claimed at his pre-Aston Villa press conference on Friday that he thought it would be highly unlikely that Liverpool would have to sell Caoimhín Kelleher this summer – and that an ‘extraordinary’ offer would be needed to ratify an exit.
Adrián is out of contract this summer, but it looks like he could stay as third-choice for another year without things needing to change if the Spaniard is happy and eager to stay.
That is, in reality, the best case scenario that could possibly occur. Alisson Becker is the best in the world and Kelleher is the best second choice Liverpool can have. Adrián is a popular character and between the three of them there is plenty of quality and coverage for the games the Reds will play.
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