The Merseysiders may be struggling to get contract rebel Raheem Sterling to commit to new terms with the club but have signed up two other youngsters to long-term stays
Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan have signed new long-term contracts with Liverpool, putting to bed speculation over their futures.
The news is a welcome boost for the Reds, who were forced to cancel a planned meeting with contract rebel Raheem Sterling after his agent said that there were no circumstances under which he would remain at Anfield.
But the Merseysiders have at last tied down winger Ibe to a new deal, with the former Wycome Wanderers starlet previously due to be out of contract next summer.
The 19-year-old had reportedly been interesting the likes of Manchester City after breaking into Brendan Rodgers’s starting XI, but will remain at Anfield.
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“I’m over the moon. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and I’m happy it’s over and done with. Now I just want to kick on into next season, as well as the last game of this one,” he told the club’s official website.
“Liverpool are a great club and I like the philosophy here. I’m enjoying it – I’ve just been brought into the first team and I’ve enjoyed the games I’ve played in. Hopefully I can just keep doing well at the club.
“I have been given the chance to play quite a few games and I’ve enjoyed it. As I said, I just want to take that into pre-season and then next season, continuing with how it’s been since I’ve been back here.”
Speaking about the deal, manager Rodgers was effusive in his praise of the teenager, declaring: “He has thoroughly deserved it.
“He is a young kid that has got a lot of potential; he still has a lot of work to do to become that consistent performer at the top level but there’s no doubting his potential and he has really grown and developed over the course of the last season.”
On Flanagan, who has been sidelined throughout this season, Rodgers added: “It has just been unfortunate for him because he was about to sign a new deal just before the injury.
“Obviously his representatives and the club have been in talks, his deal was running out in the summer. He’s a very important player for us.”