Liverpool to offer three Champions League stars new contracts

Liverpool are still celebrating their Champions League victory over Tottenham Hotspur but three Champions League stars are in talks over new contracts.

The Reds defeated their Premier League rivals, 2-0, on Saturday to claim their sixth European Cup.

Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi were both on target to cap off one of the greatest Champions League campaigns in Liverpool history.

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In the wake of the final, Liverpool have announced three of the Reds’ stars are negotiating new contracts.

Liverpool to offer new contracts to Champions League stars

Liverpool midfielder James Milner, centre-back Joel Matip, and striker Divock Origi are all reportedly set to receive new contracts.

Speculation had been rife over Milner’s contract as it was believed his current deal would expire this summer. Reports over Milner’s contract have been conflicting, but it looks like the Reds will offer the midfielder a new deal ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Milner continues to be one of the most consistent and reliable players at Klopp’s disposal. The Englishman played 33 times in the Premier League and Champions League combined and scored seven goals while adding four assists.

Matip, like Milner, signed for Liverpool on a free transfer and has become one of Klopp’s most important players. The centre-back started the season slowly due to injury, but with injuries and form affecting Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Matip successfully partnered Virgil van Dijk for the majority of the second half of the season.

Contract talks are reportedly more advanced with Milner and Matip than with Origi. Talks over a new deal with Origi have just begun post-Champions League Final.

Origi scored three goals for Liverpool over the course of their final 180 minutes in the Champions League this term.

According to SB Nation’s Liverpool blog, Origi will wait to make a decision on a new Liverpool contract until the “excitement of the Champions League dies down”.

Origi could leave Anfield with his stock now higher than it has been in several years. At only 24, Origi could obtain a transfer allowing him to start matches on a more regular basis.

The Belgian scored six goals despite appearing in just 20 games in the Premier League and Champions League.

Although Liverpool want to keep Origi at Anfield, he could be swayed to move to seek more playing time.