Monday, January 24

Nine Liverpool players whose contracts are expiring – and what might happen next

Nine Liverpool players whose contracts are expiring - and what might happen next

Liverpool have a number of players whose contracts are set to expire over the next 18 months, leaving Jurgen Klopp and Julian Ward with decisions to make.

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Jurgen Klopp is going to be faced with a number of contract dilemmas at Liverpool over the next 12 months.

Going into 2022, the Reds currently have four players whose deals run out at the end of the season.

Then in 2023, there are five more first-team stars whose current deals are set to expire, leaving Klopp and new sporting sporting director Julian Ward with some work to do.

Here, we take a look at what is likely to happen to the Liverpool players whose contracts run out over the next 18 months.

James Milner

James Milner signed a new two-year deal in the summer of 2019, and has been a key player ever since he arrived at Anfield in 2015.

The vice-captain may be in his mid-30s, but without him Liverpool would not be in as good a place as they currently are.

Current deal expires: Summer 2022

Likeliest outcome: LEAVES

Milner will be 36 years old when his contract runs out, and there has long been talk of a return to Leeds United.

However, given the veteran midfielder has often been seen in the dugout when not involved in first-team action, there is every chance he could remain at the club in a coaching capacity. One to keep an eye on.

Divock Origi

Liverpool will always have Divock Origi’s name etched into their history for what he’s done for the club.

Ever since Jurgen Klopp went for a recognised front three of Roberto Firmimo, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Origi has had to settle for a second-fiddle role, but it’s one he’s been happy to perform.

Current deal expires: Summer 2022

Likeliest outcome: LEAVES

As it stands Origi’s current deal is set to run out next summer, although there are rumours that the club has the option to extend his contract by a further 12 months.

Despite not being a regular starter, Origi has more than proved his usefulness on many occasions. But the chances of a new deal coming his way are slim, but may not been entirely ruled out.

Loris Karius

With his last appearance coming in the 2018 Champions League final, Loris Karius has not had a chance to get back in the Liverpool team.

The arrival of Alisson Becker meant that first-choice was no longer an option, plus free agent Adrian and the emergence of Caoimhin Kelleher signified a likely end to his Liverpool career.

Current deal expires: Summer 2022

Likeliest outcome: LEAVES

Even though Karius still has six months left on his contract, the club may be willing to allow him leave as a free agent in January.

This time next year, the German will no longer be a Liverpool player.


Signed in an emergency as a back-up goalkeeper, Adrian was forced to step in for the injured Alisson at the start of the 2019/20 season.

Since then, he’s gradually fallen further down the pecking order, to the point that he is arguably fourth choice behind Alisson, Kelleher and Marcelo Pitaluga.

Current deal expires: Summer 2022

Likeliest outcome: LEAVES

Given he’s only made seven appearances over the past 18 months, Adrian’s time at Anfield is likely to come to an end next summer.

Mohamed Salah

It has been a subject that has dominated headlines, but Mohamed Salah’s contract remains unresolved.

Jurgen Klopp has stated that there have been positive talks among both parties in recent months, and did not seem too concerned about a deal being agreed.

Current deal expires: Summer 2023

Likeliest outcome: STAYS

Whether it’s in the next few weeks or months, the club will be looking to do all they can to get a new deal for Salah over the line.

How long an extension will be and how much money they are prepared to pay him remains to be seen, but it will be a top priority for the club going into January.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

When he signed from Arsenal in 2017, there was hope that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be a missing piece of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield jigsaw.

Injuries have halted that hope, somewhat, but the England international has proved his usefulness on plenty of occasions.

Current deal expires: Summer 2023

Likeliest outcome: LEAVES

When Oxlade-Chamberlain’s deal runs out, he will be just a few weeks away from turning 30 years old.

Will Liverpool hand out a new deal to a fringe player at that age? It’s possible, but not very likely, unless he has a remarkable turn of form over the next 18 months.

Sadio Mane

With much of the contract talk surrounding Mohamed Salah, it often gets forgotten that Sadio Mane’s deal is due to run out at the same time.

While it some may not see it as much of a priority as Salah, Liverpool will be keen to make sure Mane remains at Anfield beyond the length of his current deal.

Current deal expires: Summer 2023

Likeliest outcome: STAYS

After getting Salah’s contract, hopefully, over the line early in the New Year, attention will then turn to Mane.

While his form may not have been at the same level as in previous seasons, Klopp will know that it’s vital that Mane remains a Liverpool player beyond 2023.

Naby Keita

There was a great deal of hype when Liverpool agreed to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2017.

A year later he moved to Merseyside, but frequent injuries have prevented the Guinea international from having a regular stint in the team.

Current deal expires: Summer 2023

Likeliest outcome: STAYS

Liverpool invested a lot of money in Keita, and Jurgen Klopp has remained a big fan of the midfielder.

In moments Keita has shown why Liverpool paid more than £50m to bring him to Anfield, and if he impresses over the next few months a new deal could be around the corner.

Roberto Firmino

Having been a vital cog in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool machine, Roberto Firmino faces a potential uncertain time over the next 18 months.

A lot will depend on whether or not Liverpool decide to bring in a new striker or two between now and the end of next season.

Current deal expires: Summer 2023

Likeliest outcome: STAYS

While Firmino will be close to 32 years old when his contract expires, given his influence on the team it’s not likely that Liverpool will allow him to leave for free.

A short-term extension could be an option for the Brazilian over the next 18 months, but it remains to be seen how the club deal with the situation.

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