Liverpool need to offer Mohamed Salah a new contract for a variety of reasons with the latest on a long list being his unbelievable injury record.
When he arrived at Anfield, he came with the baggage of being a ‘Chelsea reject’, not being good enough for the Premier League and in the eyes of many Liverpool fans, he didn’t have the X-factor that was required.
This was based off his terrible time with Chelsea and a subsequent spell in Italy – a league that many to this day disrespect. However, it’s now abundantly clear that Salah should never have been judged and that his spell in Serie A benefitted him greatly.
Jurgen Klopp deserves a great deal of praise for the way he developed his no.11 into the clinical forward he is now and based on his injury record and consistency when fit, FSG should be offering him a new contract this summer.
Last week, Paul Joyce reported that contract talks will take place between Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson at some point so it’s clear already that Liverpool do intend on extending his stay at the club.
There has been a lot of speculation over the forward’s future recently after comments he made to Marca, but the most important line from that interview has been ignored completely.
When asked if he has plans to move on from the club, he replied: “It’s not up to me. We’ll see what happens but I prefer not to talk about that now.”
Liverpool hold all the cards in Mohamed Salah’s future and while player power is stronger now than it has ever been, the Reds can negotiate from a place in power. They’ve been successful in recent years, they’re no longer bankrupt and are instead profitable, Salah still has two years left on his contract and interested clubs aren’t as rich comparatively when contrasted with a few seasons ago.
However, while Liverpool would be able to extricate a massive fee, there is no guarantee another player could deliver tangibly on the pitch the way that Salah can.
Since his £34million move to Anfield, Salah has scored 122 goals in all competitions in just four years while he has also assisted 45 strikes for his teammates. While rival fans will not want to admit it, the former Basel attacker has been scoring at an elite level now for four seasons now.
Not to mention his growing trophy cabinet, Salah is arguably the most individually impressive player at Liverpool. However, more impressive than his mercurial finishing is his injury record which allows him to stay consistent.
In the last four years, Salah has only been unable to make the Premier League matchday squad four times and has missed just one Champions League clash – one was due to concussion and one was due to COVID-19.
While replacing Salah with someone like Kylian Mbappe makes a lot of sense looking to the future, there is no guarantee that the Frenchman or his ilk would be able to boast a fitness track record like his over the next couple of years.
While Salah’s salary at Liverpool is £10.4million per year, the Reds should be looking to tie him down to an extension even if it costs a bit more. He’s the best forward in the Premier League and has been since he moved back to England.
If Jurgen Klopp is to replace one of his front three, it definitely shouldn’t be Salah.