Major contract talks planned with Salah – wages over £200,000-a-week being demanded

Kevin Palmer reports that Liverpool are planning talks to extend Mohamed Salah’s contract but it’s not going to be easy for the Reds.

The Egyptian has been the most important player at the club since he joined in 2017 and without his goals last season, it would have been impossible to finish in the top four.

He narrowly missed out on winning the Golden Boot as Harry Kane scored one goal more but his tally of 22 Premier League goals is very impressive considering how poor Liverpool were.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on September 12, 2020 in Liverpool, England.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on September 12, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Paul Ellis – Pool/Getty Images)

Now, with just two years remaining on his contract, the Reds are at risk of losing him for free in 2023. He will be 31 by that point and wants a contract that will see him stay at Anfield well into his 30s.

Liverpool have made a point of not offering long term contracts to players in their 30s and as we saw with Gini Wijnaldum, this is a position they are prepared to stand firm on.

Kevin Palmer, however, reports that Liverpool are happy to make an exception for Mohamed Salah but are reluctant to break their wage structure to keep him.

He’s already earning £200,000-a-week and wants an increase but this puts Liverpool in a difficult position.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Palmer writes for Sunday World: “Despite the suggestions that he may be eyeing up a move away from Liverpool, Anfield chiefs are hopeful they can secure Salah’s future beyond his current contract, even though they are reluctant to break the club’s current wages structure.”

It remains to be seen if a compromise can be reached but if it’s true that PSG want the Egyptian, the Reds could be tempted to sell him next summer and sign Kylian Mbappe.

However, the ideal scenario would be to hold onto Salah before signing Mbappe next summer.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain shakes hands with Jurgen Klopp the manager of Liverpool in the tunnel prior to the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield on September 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain shakes hands with Jurgen Klopp the manager of Liverpool in the tunnel prior to the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield on September 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

While he gets very little credit outside of Anfield, the former AS Roma winger is an incredible player and his goalscoring exploits have been vital to the Reds winning the Premier League and the Champions League recently.

I really hope we reach an agreement with Salah because him leaving would be the end of an era and he still has loads of goals left in him.

As the years go by, he’s relying on his pace less and less with his positioning and reactions improving tenfold since Project Restart.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on April 10, 2021 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on April 10, 2021 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

His finishing has also reached new heights and he could help the Reds win more silverware in the next few years.

In my humble opinion, keeping Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk at Anfield is more important than any new signings this summer.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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