Mohamed Salah puts pressure on Liverpool to resolve urgent issue after hat-trick heroics
Liverpool boss Klopp labels Salah 'best in the world'
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Even for Mohamed Salah, his rich vein of goalscoring form is breaking new ground — and breaking records too. The Liverpool star’s marvellous hat-trick put Manchester United to the sword as the visitors produced a devastating display to take a 5-0 win away from Old Trafford.
And with it, the Egyptian served the Liverpool board with another reminder of why he is simply indispensable at Anfield.
The 29-year-old’s treble means he has now scored 15 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions this season, 10 of which have come in nine league games.
That puts him firmly at the top of the Premier League’s goalscoring charts. His next closest rival is Jamie Vardy on seven, showing just how lethal he has been in front of goal.
It is the kind of form which convinced Jurgen Klopp that Salah is, on current form, the best player in the world.
And that was after scoring once and assisting another against Watford.
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The German ran out of superlatives for Salah on that day. And before his incredible treble against a hapless Man United side, he hailed the forward’s attitude to improving aspects of his game.
“Mo is incredibly professional. He is really the first one in and very often the last out of all the players,” Klopp said on Saturday.
“He is constantly interested in all the things he can do and has to do to keep or improve the standard. I think he still has a lot to give, 100 per cent.
“It helps him for sure and the team he is playing for then as well and I hope it is for us [in the future].”
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Salah declared himself “happy” with Liverpool’s current run of form which has seen them go 19 games unbeaten in the Premier League, stretching back to March last season.
“To be fair as long as the team keeps winning I’m more than happy,” he told Sky Sports.
“I always try to give assists, the first one I could go alone but I gave it to Naby.
“I am always trying to be my best for the team to win, that’s the most important thing.”
But there is a pressing issue to solve for Liverpool — and Salah’s individual display highlighted the urgent necessity to find a solution before it is too late.
His current contract expires in 2023 and with no renewal agreed as of yet, it could be a nervous few months for the Liverpool hierarchy as they mull over their next decision.
There has been loose interest from Real Madrid in the past, but it appears Los Blancos are focusing their efforts on signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.
But there is no question that every single top European club would be interested in taking Salah on a free transfer if he were to run down his contract.
Salah is a star performer, one that has discovered his best form at his peak years in his career and there are no signs of slowing down, even if he turns 30 next year.
That would be enough justification for Liverpool to hand him a lucrative final contract, particularly when considering they would need to spend a huge transfer fee to find an adequate replacement.
Salah is making all of the right noises about wanting to stay at Liverpool and has put the pressure on the club to get the deal over the line.
“It does not depend with me, if you ask me I’d love to stay until last day of my football, but I can’t say much,” he told Sky Sports.
“I can’t ever see myself playing against Liverpool, it makes me sad but let’s see what will happen.”
If there were any doubts about whether the Merseyside club should break the bank for Salah, his memorable performance at Old Trafford may have quashed them.
The fans serenaded him in the away end at Old Trafford while the home crowd sulked and prayed the former Chelsea man was done with scoring for the day having scored three times already.
They have made themselves abundantly clear on what they feel the club should do in trying to convince Salah to stay — and the indicators from his interview suggest he will.
There is the issue of negotiating with his outspoken agent Ramy Abbas, who has criticised the club with a series of cryptic social media posts in the past.
But if the player wants to stay, and the club are prepared to do what it takes to keep him, there should not be many obstacles in their way.
Now the ball is in Liverpool’s court to get the deal over the line and delaying the decision will only increase the anxiety amongst the club’s fanbase as his contract nears closer to its expiry.
They simply cannot risk losing one of the club’s most talented players in their history for nothing.
But with Salah enjoying life in Liverpool and scoring goals for fun, there may well be a happy ending to this contract saga after all.
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