Keep, Sell or Renew: Liverpool’s Contract Decisions (Part Two)

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In recent years, Liverpool have watched multiple players leave the club on a free transfer at the end of their contract.

The likes of Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gini Wijnaldum and Divock Origi have all left the club on a free in the past two years.

Perhaps worryingly for Liverpool supporters, there is a handful of key players with contracts set to expire in the next two years.

In part one, we looked at players such as Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip, who could leave the club in 2024 but today we’re going to look ahead one more year into 2025.

June 2025:

Mohamed Salah: Renew

Obviously this decision depends on the performances of the Egyptian King this season, but if Salah continues to perform as consistently as he is now then this is a no-brainer.

Salah has brought nothing but world-class performances to Klopp’s side since his arrival from Roma in 2018, scoring 186 goals and assisting 79 in 305 appearances for the club.

Last season was another fantastic season for Salah where he showed no signs of slowing down anytime soon, scoring 30 goals and assisting 16 in 51 appearances across all competitions.

With a contract extension likely to be around £250,000 per week on wages, I still think that if he keeps these performances up we need to keep Salah at Anfield for as long as possible.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Renew

This is another no-brainer in my opinion, with Trent Alexander-Arnold becoming one of the best players in the world over the past few years under Klopp.

The 24-year-old is already an all-time great at the club, winning every trophy possible since making his debut back in 2017.

Having already made 273 appearances for the club, I expect Alexander-Arnold to stay at the club for most of his career and becoming an absolute icon at Anfield.

You’ll struggle to find another full-back who can register 73 assists across five seasons, unless you looked at the other side of Liverpool’s defense at Andy Robertson.

I expect the club to open negotiations with Alexander-Arnold in the next few months and get the deal done before any sort of speculation can circulate around Trent.

Virgil Van Dijk: Keep

Virgil Van Dijk is a player that Liverpool will need to evaluate this season before making any definite decision on the Dutchman’s future.

The 32-year-old is arguably one of Liverpool’s greatest defenders of all time, and has won every trophy possible since his arrival in 2018.

However, the defender had a poor 2022/23 season for the Reds and is currently on around £250,000 per week, which isn’t quite justified through his recent performances.

Obviously we all know just how good Virgil Van Dijk was or even still is, but if he has another season like last year then Liverpool will definitely have a question on their minds on what to do with the Dutchman.

Kostas Tsimikas: Keep

This is another decision that will need some consideration over the next year, as Kostas Tsimikas enters the final two years of his current deal on Merseyside.

It all depends on what tactical approach Jurgen Klopp chooses to go with next season, as if he continues with the inverted full-backs in a three man defense, then perhaps Tsimikas doesn’t have a future with the Reds.

Tsimikas has always been a solid performer whenever called upon in Andy Robertson’s absence, and if Klopp was to go back to his 4-3-3 formation then I would definitely look to renew Kostas Tsimikas’ contract.

However, If the Reds were to sign a left-footed versatile defender like Levi Colwill then I think the club would look to cash in on Tsimikas next summer.

Jordan Henderson: Keep

Personally, I wouldn’t be looking to offer another contract to Jordan Henderson and instead let him run his deal down and leave on a free transfer in 2025.

The 33-year-old has been a fantastic servant to the club and I think he still has a lot to offer over the next two seasons.

However, by the time his contract is up in 2025 he will be 35-years-old and Liverpool should have plenty more options with the likes of Harvey Elliott and Stefan Bajcetic coming through the academy.

Despite what some fans think about Henderson’s footballing ability, an experienced leader like him is hugely important to have in the dressing room.

I expect Henderson to slot into the leadership role that James Milner has adopted in recent years, whilst featuring regularly in the cup competitions.

Upon the expiry of his contract, Henderson will likely make a move to Saudi Arabia or go back to his boyhood club Sunderland.

Nathaniel Phillips: Sell

The final name on the 2025 expiry list is Nathaniel Phillips and I can’t stress how important it is that the defender is sold this current summer window.

The 26-year-old’s value is only going to keep on decreasing due to receiving limited game time, but if we sell him now I believe we could make around £8million on the centre-back.

Phillips has been a solid servant and will always be remembered for his heroics alongside Rhys Williams in the 2020/21 season, but he deserves to secure a move to a club where he can start more games.

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