Liverpool are set to hand young midfielder Cameron Brannagan an improved contract just seven months after he agreed a new long-term deal with the club. The player is being rewarded for his improved performances following his breakthrough into the first team under Jurgen Klopp.
The England U20 international made his senior Liverpool debut in the Europa League against Bordeaux in September, following which he made a further eight first-team appearances, including making his first Premier League start on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign against West Bromwich Albion. The midfielder's performances have impressed everyone at the club, with Klopp praising his performances in the final months of the season.
"I couldn't have been happier about this. It was really deserved. Cam — what a boy! It was nice to be able to give him those minutes," Klopp said following his 12-minute cameo during their 2-0 win over Watford on 8 May, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are set to offer Brannagan, who is contracted until 2018, improved terms on his deal with an extension in an attempt to dissuade any interested clubs. The Merseyside club have already lost two young stars during the summer and are keen to avoid a similar situation with the Englishman.
Jordan Rossiter and Jerome Sinclair have departed the club after deciding their chances of getting first-team chances lies away from Anfield. The former has moved to Scottish club Rangers following the expiry of his contract and Liverpool are unlikely to get a big compensation as he moved to a club outside England. The latter, however, has moved to Premier League side Watford, which will net the Reds around £4m but it will be decided by the tribunal, similar to the Danny Ings transfer from Burnley to Liverpool last season.