Jordan Henderson’s Liverpool future has been thrown into doubt this week with talks over a new contract deadlocked.
The Reds skipper has entered the final two years of his deal and discussions over new terms began before Euro 2020, but Sportsmail revealed that negotiations have stalled and Henderson could be a surprise departure.
Liverpool allowed Georginio Wijnaldum to leave for free this summer after his contract wound down and Jurgen Klopp faces a huge contract conundrum with the spine of his squad in the final two years of their current Anfield deals.
Here, Sportsmail looks at the Liverpool stars who are out of contract in the summer of 2023 and the options on the table.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces contract dilemmas with some stars needing new deals
Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah are among the players whose deals expire in two years time (pictured last week during Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in Austria)
Virgil van Dijk
The Liverpool centre back joined for a mammoth £75million fee in January 2018 and he has proved to be worth every penny.
The 30-year-old has transformed the Liverpool backline since his arrival and the Reds struggled massively without him last season.
The Holland international, who missed the Euros to continue his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, is in line for a new deal at Anfield.
Liverpool can ill-afford to lose Van Dijk, let alone allow him to leave for nothing in two years’ time.
The Reds did not meet 30-year-old Wijnaldum’s demands earlier this year and will want to avoid a similar issue with his compatriot.
Defensive linchpin Van Dijk’s current Liverpool contract expires in the summer of 2023
Filled in admirably when Liverpool suffered a defensive injury crisis last season with the 24-year-old showing maturity and stepping up to the challenge of Premier League football.
However his game time appears limited for the upcoming season with the likes of Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip returning from their respective injuries as well as the summer arrival of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
The centre back has been linked with a move to Burnley while Brighton are reportedly lining up a move for the £15m-rated defender this summer.
The Seagulls are on the lookout for a replacement for Arsenal-bound Ben White and they’ve identified Phillips as the player who could fit the bill.
Nathaniel Phillips’ deal also expires in 2023 but Liverpool could cash in on him this summer
Cashing in now makes sense for Liverpool and regular first-team football is the best outcome for Phillips at this stage of his career.
The Brazilian central defensive midfielder was given plenty of time to adapt and adjust to his new surroundings following his £44m switch from Monaco three years ago.
Fabinho has rewarded Klopp for his trust and patience and has arguably become the club’s unsung hero.
His influence on the Liverpool side sometimes goes under the radar with an impressive ability to cut off the supply lines.
Brazilian midfielder Fabinho has been a pivotal player for the Reds and is in line for a new deal
He did not look out of place at centre half for the majority of last season but Liverpool missed his screening capabilities in front of the back four.
The 27-year-old needs to be tied down and he is set to be offered a new contract.
The news of Henderson facing uncertainty over his future shook the Liverpool faithful on Monday.
The 31-year-old has played for Liverpool in the English top flight for a decade and he is the heartbeat of Klopp’s side.
Sportsmail understands that talks of a new contract beyond 2023 are at a standstill with a lack of clarity over when or if negotiations will continue.
Therefore there is a very real danger that the Liverpool skipper could exit the club this summer with both Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid tracking Henderson’s situation.
Liverpool are yet to replace Wijnaldum with a summer recruit and should Henderson depart Klopp will be left scrambling around before the summer transfer deadline for his replacement.
The news of Jordan Henderson facing uncertainty over his future shook the Liverpool faithful
Henderson will be 33 by the time his current deal expires but losing him now could be damaging. It appears as though compromises may have to be made by either party to keep him at the club beyond his current deal.
The central midfielder’s Liverpool career has yet to really take off after joining for £52m from RB Leipzig in 2018.
The 26-year-old has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular after being hindered by multiple injury setbacks during his time on Merseyside.
Keita has shown glimpses of what he can do but he has been unable to get into his rhythm without a run of successive of matches under his belt.
Klopp insisted in May that Keita’s long-term future was at Liverpool but he ‘needs stability’.
Naby Kieta has the potential to become a pivotal player for the Reds but he’s injury prone
Keita has the potential to become a pivotal player for the Reds but he’s injury prone and that could impact discussions over a contract extension.
Another midfielder who has found himself nursing numerous injury issues and on the treatment table for large parts of his Reds career.
It’s important to remember that the Englishman is still 27 years of age but he did only make two starts in all competitions last season.
Like Keita he has the ability but cannot be relied upon given his fitness problems. Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted towards the end of the 2020-21 campaign he was ‘kicking himself’ after falling down the pecking order.
He vowed to stay focused and keep working hard but he may eventually become frustrated at a lack of game time.
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) is also out of contract in summer of 2023
Klopp made clear Oxlade-Chamberlain will not leave this summer and backed him to bounce back when the new season commences next month but whether new terms will be agreed beyond 2023 remains to be seen.
The Switzerland international has had to bide his time at Anfield with the winger used sparingly since making the £13m move from Stoke three years ago.
He was brought in to add depth to Klopp’s side and has popped up with some crucial goals but has had to accept a bit-part role off the bench.
The 29-year-old was a standout performer for his country at Euro 2020 and there’s no doubting his technical ability when in form.
Shaqiri chose to stay at Liverpool last summer despite appearing to be surplus to requirements and there’s still plenty of time left in this transfer window.
Getting Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri to commit to a new deal is not at the top of the agenda
Exciting prospect Harvey Elliott, 18, has returned to the fold following his loan spell at Blackburn last season, and is likely to be more in favour next season.
Getting Shaqiri to commit to a new deal is not at the top of the agenda.
The Egyptian star has been linked with a move away in recent times but after securing Champions League football nothing looks set to materialise this summer.
Last campaign was dogged by speculation about his future. Sometimes it was whipped up by being dropped to the bench, like against Crystal Palace in December when he came on and scored twice, having given an interview to a Spanish newspaper flirting with the idea of moving to LaLiga in the future.
At other times, Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa has pumped up the transfer talk, posting a cryptic tweet in the wake of Salah’s substitution against Chelsea on March 4.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is in line for a new deal with his existing one expiring soon
However he was voted the club’s player of the season and Real Madrid’s interest in him has cooled.
His goals returns since joining from Roma for just £39m in 2017 have been sublime and at 29 a new deal is imminent.
Out of Liverpool’s attacking triumvirate the Brazilian forward is the one whose position in the starting line-up is most under threat.
The 29-year-old came in for criticism last season for a lack of goals but he has never a been a classic deadly No 9 since his arrival from Hoffenheim for £29m back in 2015.
He’s a false nine that Klopp has trusted to execute his philosophy at the club and his work and selfishness for the team has been key to the Reds’ success in recent years.
Roberto Firmino’s position in the starting XI is under threat and he has two years left on deal
However former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insisted earlier this year that the time had come to break up Liverpool’s famous front three and Firmino seems the most likely be the one to go eventually.
Diogo Jota impressed after being brought in last summer and is set to put even more pressure on in the 2021-22 season.
Liverpool could find themselves without their first-choice forwards in two years’ time with Mane also out of contract in the summer of 2023.
Like Salah the Senegalese forward has been linked with moves away after starring when Liverpool won the Champions League and then the Premier League title.
The forward admitted last term was his ‘worst season’ ever but he still scored 11 goals and provided eight assists in 35 league matches. Still, he’ll want to get back to the high standards he set himself.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane could find himself out of contract in two years’ time
Mane has proven to be a snip at just £30m from Southampton five years ago and it’ll be important for Liverpool to start renegotiating a new deal for one of their star men in the not too distant future.
Tying Mane and the rest of the spine of the team down to new contracts could turn out to be the best bit of business Liverpool do all summer.
LIVERPOOL PLAYER CONTRACTS
Expire in 2022:
Divock Origi, James Milner, Loris Karius, Ben Woodburn, Adrian
Expire in 2023:
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Nathaniel Phillips, Harry Wilson, Rhys Williams, Sheyi Ojo
Expire in 2024:
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Alisson, Thiago, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Takumi Minamino
Expire in 2025:
Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Neco Williams, Ben Davies
Expire in 2026:
Ibrahima Konate, Caoimhin Kelleher