For all of Jurgen Klopp’s success in the past and present, it’s clear that the Liverpool boss has a firm eye on the future. The Reds have spent a lot of money over the last few years on building a talented squad, and whilst many are different players, they all share one trait; they’re young enough to remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
From Mohammed Salah to Fabinho to Andy Robertson, the Reds are clearly building a side that is capable of winning the league this season, but they’re also only going to get even better over the next few years. This highlights the value of signing younger players versus those with more experience that are older, and that bodes very well for Jurgen Klopp moving forward.
This is particularly true of the Liverpool defence. Whilst last year was all about the Liverpool attack, this year the Virgil van Dijk-led defence has stolen the show, and it’s beginning to look like they’ll be sticking together for a while yet.
This week, Joe Gomez signed fresh terms at Anfield, which is the culmination of years of hard work for the Englishman. He’s had his fair share of problems, but he’s now going to be a player for Liverpool for several more years. If his form so far this season is anything to go by, he’s going to be some player by the time his contract expires.
Add to that, of course, the new deal that Trent Alexander-Arnold signed last year, and you begin to get an idea of what Liverpool are planning in defence. The young right-back has enjoyed a fantastic few years, and he’s looking set to be Liverpool’s long-term option on the right-hand side of the defence.
The other players that make up the defence – namely Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, in addition to Alisson – have only joined the club in the last 18 months, and so naturally, each of them retains a long-term contract at the club. You’d expect each of them to extend in due course, but even so, all of them are still on track to remain at the club for a few more years at the very least.
Liverpool, clearly, are building for the future, and every building must start with the foundations. Liverpool’s foundations are already formed, and the rest of the structure is quickly following.