Liverpool’s Premier League-winning heroes set ‘to miss out on mega-money new deals if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League’ with agents fearing they would lose their standing in negotiations
- Liverpool’s players were in line to get bumper deals in their next contracts
- But they could miss out on them if they fail to finish in the top four this season
- Agents fear title glory will be long forgotten when negotiating if that happens
- Jurgen Klopp’s struggling side dropped down to eighth after losing to Fulham
Liverpool’s Premier League-winning heroes are reportedly at risk of losing out on a big pay day in their next contracts as they battle to stay in the race for the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s squad were set to receive bumper deals when they signed their next contracts after delivering the club’s first top-flight title in 30 years, but that could be scrapped if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League because it would leave a significant shortfall in the club’s finances.
No player has extended their terms since winning the league and Liverpool are now down in eighth and in danger of missing out on a place in Europe’s elite competition – which earned them £95million when they won it in 2019 – after suffering their sixth successive home defeat at the weekend to Fulham.
Liverpool’s Premier League-winning heroes are in danger of missing out on a big payday
The Telegraph claim some intermediaries fear Liverpool’s remarkable title-winning season last term will be long forgotten when negotiating deals if they fail to finish in the top four.
A number of Liverpool stars, including Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson are entering the final two years of their deals, which is when the club usually look to agree an extension.
It is not unheard of for clubs to reward their players with mega-money new deals after trophy triumphs, with Kevin Fe Bruyne and Raheem Sterling receiving significant rises in their pay packets after winning the title in 2018 while Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker also got improved terms.
Liverpool could miss out on the Champions League places after dropping down to eighth
Liverpool’s slump has raised concerns over the future of some of their key players, but Klopp, who himself is being heavily linked with the Germany job in light of Joachim Low’s impending departure, insisted last week there would not be a mass exodus if they fail to make the Champions League.
‘I know that we have loyalty of the players,’ Klopp said.
‘It’s not a situation now where a player says to me: “Next year we don’t have Champions League so I have to leave”. That will not happen. I know them well enough for that not to happen because the club is in a different situation.
‘It will not be an issue with new players, I can’t see that. We said it years back that if a player doesn’t want to come here because we don’t play Champions League next year then I don’t want them. And if a player wants to leave because we don’t have Champions League then I don’t want him.
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‘It’s not a personal thing but it is always like this. You always need to find the right squad for the challenges you face and then you go for it. It is nothing I worry about.’
Talk of the future raised questions about what will happen to Salah, who has looked an increasingly frustrated figure in recent matches.
Salah has spoken out twice in recent months – once to a Spanish newspaper, once to a Norwegian TV station – about his ‘future being in Liverpool’s hands’; he is contracted until 2023 and the club, as yet, have not made approach about opening formal talks on an extension.
The only senior player likely to leave is Gini Wijnaldum, who is out of contract in June and attracting interest from Barcelona.
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