Just when Brendan Rodgers takes care of one problem, another has popped up courtesy of defender Martin Kelly.
Several players have risen to prominence this season under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers and Martin Kelly is one of them.
Several players have been offered, and accepted, new contracts to stay at Anfield but Martin Kelly is proving to be a thorn in the side of Rodgers’ plans for immediate progression.
He’d better be careful because Rodgers doesn’t seem to be the sort of boss who likes his club to be dictated to. After all, he did send one player out on loan the club invested £35 million in.
The problem is Liverpool have made a contract offer to Kelly and he, or his representatives, are arguing for something else.
The basic deal that Liverpool have put on the table is a £25,000 per week salary plus an additional appearance fee for first team appearances. Sounds fairly reasonable.
However, that’s not good enough with Kelly trying to counter by demanding wages of £45,000 per week which is more than Swansea city’s star striker Michu is currently earning.
The problem here is his knee injury which is likely to keep him out for the rest of the season. Any player that has a history of knee injuries is always going to be a bit of a gamble.
Liverpool understandably don’t want to pay Kelly for half a season of sitting in the treatment room doing nothing and they certainly don’t want to tie in a large amount for a player who may have a reoccurrence of his current ACL knee problem.
It’s a shame because other young players at the club have snapped the club’s hand off at the offer of a new deal; Suso, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom to name just a few.
All of these players have accepted similar contracts so why Kelly should be any different is a little confusing because he’s arguably less important than all three.
He needs to be a very careful young man because Liverpool are starting to get used to playing without him in the first team which means he could be moved on unless he toes the club line over the new contracts.
Liverpool are a club trying to break even and trying to implement contract changes which generally see their players paid less. So it makes no sense at all to seemingly go the other way against these changes.
Is Kelly right to play hard ball?
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