Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already solved three long-term problems for the club, according to former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy. Klopp’s contract at Anfield expires in 2024 and he has previously hinted he will leave his position as manager that summer. Murphy reckons the German will leave the club in a good state, especially in attack.
Liverpool’s famous front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all out of contract in 18 months’ time.
It looks increasingly conceivable that at least one of the trio will be leaving in the near future.
Liverpool are desperate to tie Salah down to a new contract following his sensational campaign in front of goal so far.
But there is less certainty over the futures of Mane and Firmino.
“[Liverpool] look strong, they look like the only team capable [of catching Manchester City],” Murphy said on talkSPORT.
“The highlight of the evening, other than Jota’s goals, was probably the new signing, Diaz.
“We’re talking about this season, and maybe they won’t catch City, but they are trying to stay with City for the next few seasons.
“When you look at the youngsters Klopp’s bringing in, you can see he is trying to mix things up and change things a little bit.
“Luis Diaz looked tremendous, you’ve got Harvey Elliott on the way back, Curtis Jones is getting back to his best, Ibrahima Konate is young, Jota is firing in goals.
“You can see it’s a bit of a long-term plan going on with Liverpool at the moment, as well as trying to stay with City this season, if that makes sense.”
In an interview with This is Anfield last October, Klopp hinted the 2023/24 season would be his last in charge of Liverpool.
Murphy says the former Borussia Dortmund boss has already solved the inevitable problem the club will face when Salah, Mane and Firmino leave the club.
He added: “People say Jota is a number nine now, but these guys play all over the place, he’s on the left, he’s on the right, he’s through the middle – he’s just got this wonderful knack of gliding into great areas.
“His goals to games ratio is phenomenal and his technique, he’s so calm around the box.
“He was the first player to come into Liverpool and get people discussing that the front-three of Firmino, Salah and Mane might not have to be the answer for the next five years.
“And now Diaz has come in, for your first performance at Anfield for a young lad, his touch and his awareness – what a player!”
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