Julian Ward got off to a fast start to his summer as Liverpool sporting director. From swiftly closing deals for sought-after talents Darwin Nunez and Calvin Ramsay, to deftly resolving a looming transfer saga by signing Mohamed Salah to a new deal, to securing the Reds center half-future by quitting Joe Gomez for a new contract, Ward seems game to try to fill the massive shoes Michael Edwards left behind.
Club sources have insisted there will be no more incoming transfers in this window, with the focus now on exits, contract extensions and securing loan spells for the youngsters of the club. academy and fringe players.
To that end, GOAL’s Neil Jones reports that the next line for new deals will be Diogo Jota and Naby Keita.
Jota impressed after his surprise arrival from Wolves in the summer of 2020. The Portuguese striker proved to be a bargain at his £45m mark, scoring crucial goals to help the Reds battle for promotion to the Champions League in his debut campaign, before contributing an impressive 21 goals and eight assists last term despite a largely rotating role.
Jones suggests the 25-year-old should be given a pay rise to account for his growing role in an attack which has begun its transition from Jurgen Klopp’s top line.
Liverpool are also looking to secure Keita on new terms as he prepares to enter the final season of the five-year deal he signed when he arrived from RB Leipzig in 2018. Injuries and form have certainly prevented the Guinean from living up to the high expectations that many had before. to his move. However, it would be reasonable to assume that extending the 27-year-old’s contract would allow the club to preserve its value in what could be a transitional season for the Reds midfielder, as several exciting youngsters have the potential to graduate. establish this campaign. .
It’s easy for Liverpool supporters to take for granted all the sensible decisions the club regularly makes behind the scenes. However, one only has to take a look at the rest of football to realize that common sense really isn’t common.