James Milner and Joel Matip set to be rewarded with new contracts after Champions League final


Both players have played key roles in Liverpool’s run to the showpiece in Madrid

Liverpool are set to hand James Milner and Joel Matip contract extensions after the Champions League final.

Milner has played a key role in Liverpool’s revival under Jurgen Klopp, and, although he is now at the ripe age of 33 and still has a year left on his current deal, he will now be Anfield bound until at least 2021.

Matip and Milner are set to be rewarded for their efforts

Liverpool’s arrangement with Milner is similar to how Sir Alex Ferguson dealt with his more senior players, where he would review the performance of his older stars when they reached their early to mid-30s.

Matip, 27, also has a year left on his current deal and has been a key player for Klopp throughout the season, starring alongside Virgil van Dijk to help them to the most clean sheets (20) in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have ended talks with Spurs about a potential use of north Londoner’s new stadium for a pre-season friendly.

Anfield chiefs wanted to use the £850m arena in the summer but plans have been scrapped due to the two club’s meeting in the Champions League final on Saturday evening.

Reds chiefs are now considering using Murrayfield in Edinburgh for their warm-up fixture on July 28 ahead of next season, with Anfield unavailable due to the pitch being re-laid following a number of events taking place at the stadium.

Liverpool are already guaranteed one London fixture in pre-season as they face champions Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley in August.

You can listen to Tottenham vs Liverpool in the Champions League final LIVE on talkSPORT from 8pm on Saturday, June 1.

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