Liverpool must demolish their wage structure to keep Mohamed Salah at the club and even if it means paying him £300,000-a-week or more, it’s a crucial piece of business.
Fenway Sports Group are at a crossroads in their tenure as custodians of Liverpool Football Club and making the wrong decision could see them finally hounded out of Merseyside.
The Americans have made their fair share of mistakes from almost pricing out local fans with a huge matchday ticket price increase in 2016 to the European Super League fiasco.
And after overseeing Steven Gerrard’s pathetic contract offer before he left the club, failure to offer Mohamed Salah the terms he is demanding would be a major taint on their legacy as owners of this club.
Salah’s demands aren’t that outrageous
According to the Independent’s Miguel Delaney, Mohamed Salah is demanding between £300k and £380k per week in order to sign an extension to his Liverpool contract.
His current deal expires in 2023 and failure to get the Egyptian to sign an extension would likely mean he would need to be sold this summer to avoid a massive loss on his value.
I can’t imagine the likes of Virgil van Dijk would begrudge Salah being the club’s top earner by a major margin given how important he is to their chances of winning trophies.
However, I firmly believe selling Salah – arguably the most important star in Jurgen Klopp’s side would alienate the fans, the players and Klopp himself.
The 29-year-old is proving that he is still at the absolute top level in the world and is arguably the best player on the planet on current form, with 9 goals and 3 assists in the opening 9 games of the season.
Mohamed Salah is the best player in the world currently
He’s only failed to score or assist in one game this season when he blanked against Burnley but even then, the Egyptian combined superbly with Harvey Elliott and Trent Alexander-Arnold to help the Reds dismantle the Clarets.
Salah was Messi-esque against Man City, flying in from the right-wing to assist Sadio Mane for the opener before sitting Bernardo Silva down and breezing past Aymeric Laporte to finish with a sensational right-footed shot off the post.
Salah was unbelievable in his debut season, scoring 44 goals and assisting 16 but this could turn out to be his best ever season especially if it culminates with silverware.