Agents are a massive part of football and the influence of successful agents behind the scenes can often be huge. They have a duty to negotiate contracts on the behalf of their players while making sure the best possible outcome is achieved by all involved. There are often times when an agents role in a given deal is highlighted due to the nature of what has taken place but on the whole they act quietly and subtly go about their business to bridge the gap between football players and clubs when contract talks begin. Agents do, of course, have many other duties including arranging media appearances and organising sponsorship deals but given that this is transfer season – here is a look at what agents and agencies will be shaping Liverpool’s summer in 2019. Simon Mignolet – SportPlus Football Management

Simon Mignolet of Liverpool lifting the Champions League trophy
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There aren’t many clubs who can boast a second goalkeeper as accomplished as Simon Mignolet and that is the reason he is almost certain to depart this summer. That will leave a big hole in Jurgen Klopp’s squad and it will need filling but the football agent group who look after the Belgian’s interests will be play a big role in working out any new contract with a new club but also making sure the shot stopper leaves Anfield on good terms for all involved.
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Virgil van Dijk – Wasserman Media Group

Virgil van Dijk llifting the Champions League trophy
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Virgil van Dijk wants to reaffirm his Liverpool commitment after helping the Reds to Champions League final glory and reports recently suggested the world-class Dutch centre-back is eager to discuss terms over a fresh deal. The ECHO understands no talks are currently in the pipeline between Liverpool, Van Dijk and his representatives but the Reds acknowledge the huge impact the defender has made since joining the club in January 2018 for a fee of £75million. And should those talks begin to materialise Neil Fewings, who is one of the biggest agents in world football, will be vital to making sure relations between the incredible centre back and the club stay as happy and as positive as they are right now.
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Joel Matip – ASBW Sport Marketing

Joel Matip of Liverpool lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy
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The situation over Joel Matip’s contract situation remains unresolved. The 27-year-old still has two years left to run on his current deal with the European champions but has surely deserved to have his situation reviewed by Anfield officials after his six months of excellent form. There’s plenty of time left to run for Matip, of course, but new terms would be fitting reward for a player who has firmly wrestled control of the second centre-back slot alongside Van Dijk and just like with the Dutchman his agents will play a big part in making sure the best outcome for all involved is realised with fairness in demands coming from either camp.
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  Dejan Lovren – firsteleven ISM

Dejan Lovren of Liverpool lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy at the end of the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool
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It would take an offer in excess of £25million for Liverpool to entertain selling Dejan Lovren this summer. Reports in Italy last week claimed AC Milan were keen on the Reds defender and had started preliminary talks with Anfield officials over a potential deal. The ECHO understands Milan chiefs are yet to make contact with Liverpool over the Croatian international centre-back however should this begin to take place Lovren’s football agency will be instrumental in making sure the deal happens by sorting out contracts and personal terms thereby making sure nothing is held up and both Lovren and Liverpool get the most positive outcome from any potential deal.
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  James Milner – Samii Sport-Marketing Agentur

James Milner celebrates with the Champions League Trophy
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James Milner is an essential part of Liverpool’s success under Klopp and although he has turned 33, and still has a year remaining on his current deal, he will be retained until at least 2021. Talks over his contract situation will get underway this summer and his agents will enter discussions in similar vein to Matip’s with successful, positive and happy parties the desired outcome.

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Mohamed Salah – SPOCS

Mohamed Salah with the UEFA Champions League trophy the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019
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We know that Mohamed Salah isn’t going anywhere this summer. However, that doesn’t stop rumours circulating about the Egyptian superstar and that also won’t stop clubs taking an interest in securing his services as one of the best attackers in world football. His agent Ramy Abbas Issa will play a vital role in batting away that undoubted interest and making sure Salah’s desire and best interests are put at the forefront of everything – which means staying at Anfield where he is playing the best football of his career and is unquestionably happy. This, of course, could apply to a few players at Liverpool with the wealth of world-class talent in their ranks but Salah and Issa are included here because the agent is very vocal on social media too and Liverpool fans will be likely to see him in action when any fake news surfaces about the attacker. Take this tweet from Issa as an example after Spanish newspaper AS reported Salah had fallen out with Jurgen Klopp back in April. Talking out of their AS again I see. — Ramy Abbas Issa (@RamyCol) April 17, 2019 Divock Origi – Wasserman Media Group / Mike Origi

Divock Origi with the European Cup
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Divock Origi is entering the final 12 months of his contract and is clearly behind Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in the attacking pecking order. His stock and profile will rarely have been higher, and Liverpool can expect offers for the player this summer. However, the Reds are under no obligation to sell, and demonstrated with Emre Can they are willing to let a player leave for free if they believe his service to the club in the final year of his deal is more valuable. Origi, however, may decide to pursue a move elsewhere and leave on the ultimate high. Few would begrudge him the opportunity. He has been represented by his dad Mike acting as his agent while also reportedly being a part of the same agency group as Van Dijk. Whatever the case, those representing the striker will have a big job to do following whatever path the Belgian frontman chooses.
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  Harry Wilson – Base Soccer Agency Ltd

Harry Wilson of Liverpoolduring the Pre-season friendly between Chester FC and Liverpool on July 7, 2018
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Jurgen Klopp is ready to hand Harry Wilson the chance to be a part of the long-term future at Liverpool. The Wales international enjoyed a fine season on loan at Derby County, his performances were a big factor in the Rams’ push to the playoff final where they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Wembley last month. The 22-year-old will be rewarded for his excellent campaign with an opportunity to stake a claim in Klopp’s Champions League-winning squad for the new season and the ECHO understands the Reds have fielded several inquiries over the availability of the Welshman, but the German manger wants to run the rule over the versatile attacker before making a decision on his future. The first port of call for his agency will be batting away offers but should Liverpool wish to sell, whereby in the current market they feel they can fetch at least £25million for Wilson, the agents will come into big play again to help get solid terms for their player and making sure he leaves Anfield with all parties happy.
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