Liverpool have been extremely productive this summer in a desire to rectify the wrongs of the past season where the club missed out on Champions League qualification as Manchester United regained a spot in Europe's premier club competition. Brendan Rodgers and the hierarchy at the club seem united in a quest to be far more competitive next season as the club have signed James Milner, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne, and Adam Bogdan along with a few promising youngsters.
New contracts are also vital for growth and competitiveness for the club as retaining key first-team and squad players. Liverpool have managed to ensure that Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, and Jordon Ibe will be around next season in the push to regain a place in the land of milk and honey. Raheem Sterling's contract situation will almost certainly result in his departure this summer, but there is good news ahead as Joe Allen and Martin Škrtel are set to sign new deals, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Škrtel will reportedly sign a three-year contract next week, taking him up to 2018 and into his mid-thirties. He had previously rejected a contract offer, describing the terms as "unacceptable" due to appearance clauses. A compromise seems to have been found that satisfies all parties, and Liverpool can count on an experienced head at a time when the likes of Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson will no longer be part of the squad. The Slovakian captain's current deal expires next summer so an agreement will be good news to fans of the combatitive defender.
Joe Allen is set to follow Škrtel as negotiations between the former Swansea City player and Merseyside's finest are set to end in a new deal without any potential problems. Allen may find a starting role difficult to secure this forthcoming season, but his quality and intelligence in the midfield as a squad player will be welcome in the fight on multiple fronts.