The reasons why Liverpool contract talks may appear not to be getting done quickly

There's been lots of talk about new contracts for high profile names at Liverpool, as well as mentions of performance related pay. Could the two be linked?

There have been several Liverpool players who have been entered into contract talks this season according to reports.

Joe Allen and Kolo Toure are the latest in a long line of players who have been offered deals this season while Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe, Jordan Henderson, Martin Skrtel and Jon Flanagan are just a few of the others names this season who have reportedly been offered new deals.

But so far, just the two names have committed themselves to two long-term contracts in Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge - two essential players to take the club forward in the next few years.

Toure has admitted he has been offered a new one-year deal, but the thought of some of the other players' deals being dragged out can be disconcerting for Liverpool fans. 

After it was announced that the Reds had finally returned to profit, chief executive Ian Ayre spoke about how the club was leading the way when it came to performance based pay - which is potentially a stumbling block in a world where more and more agents have their say when it comes to contract and transfer negotiations.

Should we expect to see more activity in the summer? Quite possibly. Liverpool have a lot to focus on on the pitch. Sturridge signing a new deal got done during his nightmare, injury hit start to the season, while there seemed to be very little standing in the way of Coutinho agreeing a new deal.

It wouldn't be a surprise that a lot of deals were making it into the media with the view of them being signed in the summer, as the Reds try to concentrate on the field by trying to make it into the Champions League - which is even more lucrative next season with a new television deal - and trying to win their first piece of silverware under Brendan Rodgers.

There seems to be a certainty among some of the journalists surrounding the club that deals for many of the players mentioned will get done, but the seemingly protracted nature seems to do nothing for fans anxieties. 

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