Sadio Mane’s bumper new Liverpool contract means that Jurgen Klopp has now secured long-term deals for all three of his electric front three, including Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.
That mercurial trio dragged the Reds forward from the front last season, but this time around, the German’s backline has been the bedrock of the club’s strong start to the season as the attack has faltered at times.
So while it is understandable that Klopp has moved to tie down his frontline, especially after Philippe Coutinho departed the club in January, he must now turn his attention to the defence that has been exceptional this season.
21-year-old Joe Gomez has recovered from the injury that ruled him out of the World Cup to become an integral part of Liverpool’s new-look backline.
The Times report that talks have begun with Gomez over a new deal after Mane put pen to paper on his extended deal, worth around £150,000 per week.
It is unlikely that Gomez’s current deal reflects his status as a nailed-on first choice at Anfield and that should be rectified.
Further, getting such a promising young English player to commit his future to the club would be a major coup and yet another indication of the direction in which the club is travelling.