Liverpool have Mohamed Salah contract issue after ‘dangerous’ Cristiano Ronaldo comparison

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Liverpool are currently focused on the Premier League title race, with Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge of vital importance to their wilting challenge. But, as is always the case with top-level football, there are other considerations going on behind the scenes, namely Mohamed Salah’s contract.

Liverpool have been in discussions with Salah and his agent for some time, with negotiations rumbling on throughout the campaign.

On the pitch there is complete clarity: Salah is in the form of his life. He has scored 22 goals in 25 appearances so far this season and is still on course to break his previous season’s best of 44 goals from the 2017/18 campaign.

Off the pitch, however, things are quite different, with doubt surrounding his long-term future at the club. While that hasn’t affected his performances, it cannot be allowed to drag on forever.

Salah will fly to Cameroon to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations for Egypt following today’s game against Chelsea.

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Alongside Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, he will be gone for the best part of a month. It is over January that Salah’s importance to the side will be underlined.

If Liverpool slip further behind Manchester City in the title race then Salah’s case for a bumper contract will be strengthened.

Salah is currently tied down until June 2023. He is reportedly Liverpool’s joint-second highest-paid player on £200,000 a week with Thiago Alcantra, behind top-earner Virgil van Dijk.


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According to The Independent, Salah is seeking at least a two-year contract extension, worth between £300,000 and £380,000 per week.

Salah is 29 years old now, but he would be 34 by the time June 2025 rolls around.

Liverpool are in a delicate situation. They don’t want to break their wage structure for the Egyptian, but also don’t want to lose their best player.

But former Man City defender Micah Richards has no doubt about what the best course of action for Liverpool is.

“I want Liverpool to finalise a new contract for him and I want him to stay in the Premier League for many more years,” Richards wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“He is getting to the level now where we are talking about him being in the Premier League’s Hall of Fame, someone who could be in the all-time team.

“What a player he has become. He is so dangerous that in some matches you don’t see him for 80 minutes but then he will pop up with a goal or an assist.

“It’s not luck that happens.

“He’s at Cristiano Ronaldo levels now, the one-time winger who has redefined himself to become an ultimate scorer.

“If 2021 was spectacular for Salah, 2022 can be even more so. He looks a certainty at this stage to win the PFA Player of the Year but if Liverpool were to win the Champions League, he will also have an outstanding chance of lifting the Ballon d’Or.”

Although there is some doubt, Salah’s future is not really up for debate during the January transfer window. But by the time the summer arrives it will be.

Liverpool cannot allow Salah to enter the final year of his current deal, because the vultures will surely begin to circle more menacingly. Flirtations with Barcelona and Real Madrid could well become more worrying.

The longer the Reds allow the situation to drift – and the longer Salah keeps banging in goals – the more the possibility grows that his head will get turned.

January looks like it will be a season-defining period for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. That could also be the case for Salah.

Liverpool should follow Richards’ advice and redouble their efforts to keep him at the club.

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