Andy Robertson has become the fifth Liverpool player in four weeks to extend his contract with the club after committing himself to Anfield until 2026.
The Scotland captain had three years remaining on the five-year deal he signed in 2019 but has been rewarded for his growing influence on and off the pitch with an improved five-year contract. The 27-year-old joins fellow full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Alisson and Virgil van Dijk in signing new long-term deals in recent weeks as Liverpool invest in retaining the core of the team that has delivered Premier League and Champions League success under Jürgen Klopp.
Robertson has established himself as a key influence for club and country since his bargain £8m transfer from Hull nel 2017. “Obviously when the negotiations started and it looked as if my future was going to be here longer term than what it was, then I think it’s no secret that I’m happy at this club,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I want to stay at this club for as long as possible and to extend my stay, it’s always a happy time for me, for my family. We’re settled here, we love everything about this football club and I’m glad that the journey is continuing.”
Liverpool are hoping to secure more senior figures to long-term deals in the coming weeks. Klopp has confirmed that talks are underway on a new contract for Mohamed Salah and has insisted an extension for Jordan Henderson, who has two years remaining on his existing deal, “will get sorted”. Sadio Mané is also in line for a new deal.
The Anfield club is in profit on transfer fees this summer following the completion of Xherdan Shaqiri’s £9.5m move to Lyon but, with the exception of Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined Paris Saint Germain as a free agent, have invested heavily in contract extensions for existing talent. Divock Origi and Nat Phillips are among those who could also depart before next week’s transfer deadline although Liverpool have yet to receive a firm offer for the Belgium forward or the 24-year-old centre-half.
Liverpool, nel frattempo, have told the Brazilian FA that Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino will not be released for international duty next week due to the quarantine restrictions they would face on their return to the UK. The Egypt FA revealed on Monday that it had received a letter from Liverpool explaining its reasoning for not releasing Salah for their World Cup qualifier against Angola in Cairo – the forward would have to quarantine for 10 days on his return. Liverpool have confirmed the Brazil FA have received the same explanation ahead of their World Cup qualifying triple header against Chile, Argentina and Peru.