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Two Liverpool contracts and five more decisions give Jurgen Klopp edge as Harvey Elliott next

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READ MORE:Liverpool should solve Thiago injury crisis by re-signing former Jürgen Klopp favourite READ MORE:Liverpool have broken own unwritten transfer 'rule' with Jürgen Klopp midfield signing stance In terms of timescale left on their contracts, neither Elliott nor Jota was the obvious choice for a new contract — Naby Keïta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino and James Milner all see their deals run out at the end of the season (via Transfermarkt, as are all contract dates mentioned in this article) — but Liverpool have a strong policy of incrementally rewarding progress and slowly increasing their wage bill in line with performance.

While the clamour for a signing to cover injuries that might clear up in a few weeks is understandable, Liverpool are focused far more on the bigger picture — even if another transfer deal this summer cannot be 100 per cent, cast iron ruled out.

That fact has been underlined further three times already this month, with Diogo Jota having signed a long-term contract extension last Tuesday, breakout pre-season star Stefan Baj?eti? having confirmed yesterday that he has agreed a new deal, and now news of Harvey Elliott being in line (via the ECHO) for another reward for his progress too.

Elliott only signed a new deal 13 months ago, which at the time was a 'long-term' extension thought to be for five years.

It is a sensible policy that was being broken only by Salah and the now-departed Sadio Mané, who both were inside the final 12 months of their contracts when decisions to re-sign and exit were confirmed.

Along with Keïta and Firmino, those four are in a similar position — big decisions await them, with Elliott already set to be rewarded as a fifth yet-to-be-announced extender.

Thiago Alcântara, Joël Matip and Sepp van den Berg all see their contracts expire in 2024, but Liverpool, after tying down Mohamed Salah earlier in the summer, have largely already nailed down their core players for some time.
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