Liverpool are not in a situation where they might be forced to give up their best players any time soon. Contracts mean little in terms of individual loyalty in modern football, but they do serve to protect clubs in the transfer market when it comes to valuations.

And because only four Liverpool contracts are currently due to expire by the end of the 2017/18 or sooner, it means the Reds are under no pressure with regard to their greatest assets, irrespective of interest from potential suitors.

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The two contracts up for renewal this summer belong to loyal servant Lucas Leiva, who has yet again proven to be a trustworthy utility player under Jurgen Klopp, and veteran third choice goalkeeper Alex Manninger.

Emre Can is due to become a free agent in 2018 if an extension to his current contract cannot be agreed. There has been stalemate for several months over high alleged wage demands and a sale this summer could be engineered in the event that there is no breakthrough.

With the midfielder still rather inconsistent and not a regular starter when a full strength squad is available to Klopp, there are likely to be few tears from fans if he does depart.

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The only other contract currently due to expire in 2018 is Cameron Brannagan. The Manchester-born academy graduate dropped down to League One to join Fleetwood Town on loan in January and will likely have to prove himself to be offered a new deal.

Beyond those four, all of the most important individuals in Liverpool's squad are tied down long-term. Captain and vice-captain Jordan Henderson and James Milner, for example, have deals that don't expire until 2020. The same can be said for Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino.

Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum have terms until June 2021, and Philippe Coutinho's recent extension saw him commit to 2022. Should Barcelona make a serious attempt to prise the Brazilian away, the remaining length of his contract will at the very least ensure the Reds can comfortably command only an enormous transfer fee.

Decisions with regard to contracts that run to 2019 will start being made within the next 12 months, but even many of those are potentially expendable if a buyer can be found, or have little market value - the likes of Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge in the sense of the former, or Ragnar Klavan in terms of the latter.

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Contracts Due to Expire in June 2017: Alex Manninger, Lucas Leiva

Contracts Due to Expire in June 2018: Emre Can, Cameron Brannagan*

Contracts Due to Expire in June 2019: Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Jon Flanagan*, Andre Wisdom*, Connor Randall, Ben Woodburn, Lazar Markovic*, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi

Contracts Due to Expire in June 2020: Joel Matip, Mamadou Sakho*, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Marko Grujic, Pedro Chirivella*, Adam Lallana, Sheyi Ojo, Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings

Contracts Due to Expire in June 2021: Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius, Danny Ward*, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin Stewart, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane

Contracts Due to Expire in June 2022: Joe Gomez, Philippe Coutinho

*indicates currently out on loan

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