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Report: Liverpool set to offer contract extension to three of their best youngsters

618   //    08 Nov 2016, 12:15 IST
Ben Woodburn
Ben Woodburn caused a lot of stir with his performances in pre-season

Liverpool are closing in on securing a new long-term deal for three young players, Kevin Stewart, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn. Stewart and Alexander –Arnold, both are set to sign a contract that will keep them at the Anfield until 2021, while Woodburn, 17, will be signing a new three-year contract, which is the maximum allowed at his age.

Kevin Stewart, who moved to Liverpool from Tottenham in 2014 on a free transfer, has been in impressive form since. The player has also appeared in the first team under manager Jurgen Klopp, making his first-team debut during the FA Cup match against Exeter City. The 23-year-old midfielder signed a contract extension last February and now is set to sign a permanent deal that will see him at the Reds until 2021.

Further, Trent Alexander-Arnold is another young player Liverpool are preparing to sign on a long term basis. The 18-year old who mostly operates as a right back, is a familiar feature at the Academy, having joined Liverpool at the age of six. He made his first team debut during the fourth round of the EFL cup in a 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur. Although he has become a regular feature at the Melwood, the player still has a long way to go, as he frequents back to the academy for his development during specific sessions.

Believed to be the most promising of the trio, the Reds are closing in on, Ben Woodburn, who can play anywhere along the frontline and has divided his time training with the first team and at the Academy. The youngster who is a regular feature in Liverpool’s Under-23 squad has caught the eye of the German manager with his excellent form. 

His goals and displays during the pre-season against Fleetwood and Wigan had been impressive, garnering praise for the same. The teenager signed his first professional contract just a month ago and is now expected to see his stay at the Anfield extended by another three years.

Liverpool have been formidable since the start of the season, and while every player puts his best effort, the Reds manager is not blindly focused on the first team as he keeps a keen eye on the Academy’s upcoming talents. The German manager plans to make way for the youngsters in the senior squad, and if reports are to be believed, then he was the driving force behind the deal. 

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