Nathaniel Phillips on Tuesday became the tenth player to sign a new deal at the club on a day that also saw club captain Jordan Henderson commit his future to the Merseyside club. An otherwise uneventful transfer window except for the signing of centre back Ibrahima Konate has seen the reds retain the big-hitters in the squad instead of bringing fresh faces in.
Brazilian duo Fabinho and goalkeeper Alisson Becker both put pen to paper on deals that keep them at the club till 2026 and 2027 respectively. Fabinho, who joined from Monaco in 2018 has been indispensable for the reds, with assistant manager Pep Lijnders calling him a “lighthouse” for his ability to control and dictate play from the middle of the pitch. Alisson, whose dramatic last-minute goal clinched a winner against West-Brom last season, has been crucial in Liverpool’s success since he signed, and the club were happy to extend his stay and secure a position that has been a source of frustration for them over the years.
Liverpool’s fullbacks have had a huge role to play in Jurgen Klopp’s men’s recent resurgence and both Trent Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson have been rewarded with long-term contracts.
Virgil Van Dijk, who is widely regarded as one of the best centre-halves in Europe, was the next in line to be offered a new long-term deal. The Dutchman’s 2020-21 season was one to forget having spent the remainder of the campaign out of action after walking off with an ACL injury against Everton but the defender seems to have picked up where he left off judging by his performance against Chelsea during the weekend.
Skipper Jordan Henderson’s contract renewal took longer than initially expected after reports emerged that talks between both parties had reached an impasse. But, according to The Athletic, a timely Jurgen Klopp intervention seems to have made a significant difference in getting the deal over the line as the club announced the deal on deadline day.
Liverpool also handed youngsters Harvey Elliott and Caoimhin Kelleher new deals after having forced themselves into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad. Backup goalkeeper Adrian also signed a contract extension.