Liverpool trio set to commit long-term futures to the club

Jurgen Klopp has driven the move to tie down young three promising youngsters as the manager continues his all-encompassing approach of improvement at the club

Kevin Stewart, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn are close to inking extended terms at Liverpool after being offered lengthy new deals.

The negotiations have been led by Michael Edwards, in his capacity as sporting director, with the move to tie the trio down instructed by Jurgen Klopp.

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The Reds boss has been enthused by the young players' attitudes and effort, while also being grateful to academy director Alex Inglethorpe for helping construct a seamless pathway from Kirkby to Melwood.

Stewart and Alexander-Arnold are understood to have been handed five-year contracts in a bid to keep them at Anfield until 2021.

The former was rewarded with fresh terms in February but such is the 23-year-old’s estimation in Klopp’s eyes that he has again been presented with an improved proposal.

Woodburn, who displayed glimpses of his composure and incredible craft during pre-season, is set to sign a three-year deal - the maximum length allowed for a 17-year-old scholar.

The teenager is still based at the academy but receives regular invitations to train at Melwood as he continues his football education.

Stewart, who has made 17 appearances - 11 of them starts - is a permanent member of the first-team set-up, while 18-year-old Alexander Arnold shifts between both bases to best facilitate his advancement.

Inglethorpe is widely appreciated and respected at Liverpool for his commitment to the development process and the move to secure three more youngsters is very much in keeping with Klopp’s all-encompassing approach at Liverpool.

The German is not solely concerned with immediate success, putting structures in place to ensure the club - currently atop the Premier League standings - can enjoy a legacy of triumph.

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Talented midfielder Ovie Ejaria is already contracted until 2020 and breeding the next generation of stars forms a big part of Klopp’s blueprint.

“In football, it’s always about pressure and the next game, next game, next game,” he explained to Goal in a pre-season exclusive interview.

“Somebody has to say ‘stop!’ The next game will always come, but you need someone who thinks ‘what happens after the games?’ It’s needs to be the manager, the man in the chair.

“You are so busy planning for the next game, but you also have to take the minutes to think and talk about changing the structure to make it more effective.

“Build this, improve that. I’m interested in everything, in the whole club and when I leave at some point, I don’t want people to celebrate me still, I only want that they can still feel the benefit of me being manager here.”