Liverpool and Mohamed Salah are reportedly close to reaching an agreement over the extension of the Egyptian forward’s contract.
The only contract extension that is more highly anticipated than Mo’s is Jurgen Klopp’s but the German’s deal is still set to expire at the end of the 2023/2024 campaign.
While Salah hasn’t been at his best since returning from AFCON, there is no doubting his ability as he is still the Premier League’s top goalscorer by some margin.
The former AS Roma winger has 20 goals this season while Diogo Jota and Son Heung-min have 14 apiece. Salah also has 10 assists in the league which is just one fewer than the most creative player in the division, Trent Alexander-Arnold (11).
Despite Salah’s poor form, there is no doubt that retaining his service is vital although valid questions have to be asked about the knock-on effect it may have on the club’s structured approach to wages.
That said, how often is it that Liverpool have a player like Salah begging to stay at the club?
Is Mohamed Salah set to finally sign a Liverpool contract extension?
Yes, according to the Mirror’s report this weekend. They claim that the forward is closing in on a new deal with the Reds that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career after it seemed as though a compromise may never be reached.
The report reads: “The saga over Mohamed Salah’s new Liverpool contract appears to be nearing a conclusion with the Egyptian on the verge of signing a fresh deal to remain at Anfield.”
The forward rejected terms of £400,000/week previously and with his deal set to expire next season, he would be free to leave the club and join the likes of PSG or Barcelona on a free contract.
The Reds would have also been prone to offers this summer from Europe’s big hitters even if it’s my belief that Liverpool are the most attractive destination for a player of Salah’s talent and style.
Salah is willing to compromise on wage demands for an extra year on his new extension
While the 29-year-old wants to be paid £500,000 per week in line with what Manchester United pay Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Mirror, he is ready to reach a compromise with the Reds.
Despite making several remarks in the media about his discontent with the way negotiations have gone, Salah has always made it clear he wants to remain a Liverpool player.
In an interview with GQ, the Egyptian icon said: “I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff.”
What’s crazy and what isn’t is relative. In the world of football, a player of his talent needs to be paid his worth.
The Mirror reports that Salah, who ‘appreciates the affection for him’ from fans at Anfield in the wake of his two major international disappointments with Egypt, is willing to ‘compromise on his initial demands.’
This could reportedly involve being given an extra year on his new extension instead of an even steeper pay increase.
Extending Salah’s contract is the cheaper option and could provide a timely quadruple boost
As Liverpool navigate their way through the most important month of the season so far, announcing Salah’s renewed commitment to Liverpool Football Club would be a timely boost.
Jurgen Klopp and co. might not admit it but there is the potential for the Reds to complete an extraordinary season as they remain in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple.
Even Manchester City, with all their tainted riches, have been unsuccessful in attempting to win all four as they remain unable to get their hands on the Champions League.
The Reds go head to head with the Cityzens on Sunday when the Premier League title race comes to the fore at the Etihad.