By Scott Taylor
Cameron Brannagan is reportedly in advanced talks to sign a new contract extension at Liverpool. The midfielder, 20, has been at the club since he was a U9 player and made his first-team debut for the Reds in their 1-1 draw at Bordeaux in September 2015. However, after making five starts for his boyhood club, it has triggered a clause in his current contract and therefore has led to talks of a new deal, which he is ‘very close’ to signing.
The England U20 midfielder recently signed a new long-term contract in October, which expires in June 2018, and is set to be offered a new-and-improved deal.
The news will be a breath of fresh air for Liverpool fans, who have seen youngsters Jordan Rossiter and Jerome Sinclair leave the club, whilst Sergi Canos has also encountered contract disputes.
Brannagan has progressed through the U18s and into Michael Beale’s U21s, where he captains the side.
After originally playing as a defensive midfielder, Brannagan has flourished under the leadership of Beale and Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe.
He has since gone on to make 52 Premier League appearances at U21 level, scoring nine goals and six assists in the process.
The attacking midfielder has broke through into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team this season, making a total of nine appearances, making three starts for the Reds, impressing in the 0-0 draw against West Ham in the FA Cup.
Brannagan is highly-rated by his peers and by manager Jurgen Klopp, who is keen to sign the midfielder on a long-term as he looks to build on his breakthrough season with the Reds.