Liverpool midfielder Tyler Morton has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
Jurgen Klopp’s side desperately need to rejuvenate their midfield. They have continued to rely on the ageing but ever-dependable Jordan Henderson and the injury-prone maestro Thiago Alcantara this term.
Meanwhile, squad players Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arthur Melo are expected to depart at the end of the season.
In turn, the Reds have been linked with a host of midfielders in recent months. The club’s No.1 target for next summer is believed to be England and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.
Meanwhile, RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer, and the World Cup’s Young Player of the Tournament, Enzo Fernandez, have also been cited as Liverpool targets.
It appears that Klopp may also be looking to hand more minutes to players promoted from the Reds’ highly-rated youth ranks as part of the rebuilding job.
Morton signs new Liverpool deal
Morton, who is currently on loan at Championship side Blackburn Rovers, put pen to paper on a new Liverpool deal on Wednesday. Notably, the length of the contract has not been disclosed.
A product of the academy, Morton made his senior debut for the Reds as a substitute in the club’s Carabao Cup tie against Norwich City in September 2021.
He went on to make a further eight senior appearances for Klopp’s side, including in the Premier League against Arsenal, before moving to Blackburn on a season-long loan last summer.
The 20-year-old has so far made 28 appearances for the Championship club, having featured in all but one of their league fixtures.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm absolutely buzzing. The little dream is coming true, so I couldn't be happier.
"I've known for a little while and it's been ongoing, and I couldn't wait to get it over the line because this is the place I want to be and this is the club I want to be at. I'm absolutely buzzing and I can't wait for the future."
On his current loan, he added: "I've been extremely proud of myself for how I've handled the loan so far. Hopefully I carry that on and take it into the next half of the season.
"I feel like I'm progressing every day and learning new things on and off the pitch. It's a lovely environment to learn and turn myself into a professional – and I think I'm doing that quite well. Hopefully it sets me up for what's to come in the future."