Paul Joyce reports that, at some point, Liverpool will negotiate new contracts for Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, Alisson and Virgil van Dijk.
The build-up to the Real Madrid game has, predictably, had very little to do with the Reds’ massive challenge to overcome a Champions League giant and reach the semi-finals of the tournament for the third time in four seasons.
It has, again very predictably, been all about the interview Mohamed Salah gave to Marca when he seemed to suggest an openness to moving to Spain one day.
The Times’ Paul Joyce writes that Liverpool’s hand in a potential transfer saga is a strong one.
With the Egyptian’s contract running until June 2023, the Reds can still command a huge fee for him and even if he runs his deal down, he would be 30 at that point and Liverpool would have enjoyed his electric style of play for six good years.
The Reds, however, don’t want to lose him and, as per Joyce, he will be offered a new deal at some point. Alisson Becker, Fabinho Tavares and Virgil van Dijk will also be offered the chance to extend their contracts at Anfield.
This would strengthen the core of Liverpool’s fantastic side even more and give Jurgen Klopp confidence that he and his players can continue to challenge for major honours for years to come and will nip future transfer sagas in the bud.
Liverpool do not want to lose Salah this season or next especially with the former Chelsea winger still posting incredible numbers. Despite the Reds’ struggles this season, he has still managed to score 26 goals in all competitions while his measly four assists suggest he isn’t surrounded by the same quality this season.
Last year, he finished the campaign with 13 assists while in 2018/19, he set up 12. In his best season numbers-wise, he assisted 16 goals. All stats via Transfermarkt.