Defender Ibrahima Konate is the only new Liverpool player signed in the summer transfer window. The Reds are not very active in the market, but they pay great attention to extending contracts with existing players. Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have already signed their new agreements. Negotiations are continuing with the team captain Jordan Henderson. Merseyside coach Jurgen Klopp is confident that the contract with the player will be extended.
There is another player that the Liverpool management is particularly cautious about negotiating with. This is Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian has been playing for the Reds since July 2017. The Merseysiders then paid Roma 42 million euros for its winger. A year later, the player signed a new 5‑year agreement with the English club. Time flew by quickly, and now it’s time to negotiate with the player again. Salah has two years left on his contract with Liverpool. It’s time to make an effort for the Reds and sign a new agreement with the team’s top scorer. Merseysiders know how to count money, but in this case, they are obliged to show generosity.
Salah is Liverpool’s most expensive player. The Transfermarkt portal estimates the football player at 100 million euros. The Egyptian is already 29 years old, but he is in great shape. This season, he has already managed to score a goal and make two assists. In general, the winger has 205 matches for the Reds, 126 goals scored and 49 assists. Salah has been the best scorer of the Merseysiders for four years and is among the ten best scorers of the club in history, taking 7th place in this rating. When Liverpool suffered on all fronts and could fly past the Champions League, the Egyptian managed to score 22 goals in the Premier League and became the second top scorer of the league after Harry Kane.
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of such a player for a team that likes to attack. This is confirmed by dozens of records that Salah managed to break as a Merseyside player. In his first season at Anfield, the winger scored 32 goals in the Premier League. This was a record performance indicator in the Premier League for one campaign. Since then, no one has scored even 25 goals in a season. In the last European Cup campaign, Mohamed became the top scorer of Liverpool in the Champions League, moving the legend of the “Reds”-Steven Gerrard from the 1st place. Salah has already managed to set a record this season. He became the only player in history who scored in the first matches of the Premier League for five consecutive seasons.
The Merseysiders can also score Firmino, Mane and Jota, but Salah is the main striking force of the team. Without him, Liverpool will lose both the number of goals and practical actions in general. In addition, Mane and Firmino also have two years left on their contract. So it is unlikely that the Reds will retain their already legendary attacking trio. Indeed, the Merseysiders understand how important it is to keep the Egyptian. But, at the same time, the player does not have the best attitude to the club’s management. And it’s not just about the protracted negotiations on the extension of the contract. Recently, the national football team has also become a stumbling block.
In June, Liverpool did not let Salah go to the Olympics, which annoyed him. Recently, the Egyptian Football Association announced that the “reds” would not release the player for the September selection matches for the 2022 World Cup. The Merseysiders argued that the winger would have to spend some time in quarantine upon arrival in England. The club’s position can be understood, but it is unlikely that Mohamed himself will be happy with such a situation. Everyone wants to play for the national team, regardless of the circumstances. Let’s add to all this Salah’s dissatisfaction with Liverpool is delaying negotiations on a contract extension.
At first, the footballer declared his desire to stay at Anfield and openly complained about the club, which was no hurry to provide him with a new agreement. Later, the Egyptian began to tell in an interview that he could imagine himself in other championships. After such statements, the top clubs of La Liga and PSG became more active. Parisians began to consider Salah as a possible replacement for Kylian Mbappe. However, the vice-champions of France still keep the football player in mind. According to rumours, PSG will try to sign the player next summer if he does not extend his contract with the Reds. Moreover, the situation with Mbappe, in this case, may not be decisive.
The Merseysiders have finally started negotiations with Salah on a contract extension. At Anfield, they studied all aspects of the future deal for a long time (mainly financial) and still decided to give the player a new agreement. Now the Egyptian receives 200 thousand pounds a week. In conversations about the extension of the contract, there are 350 and even 450 thousand pounds for seven days. Liverpool can make Salah the highest-paid player in the club’s history. But by doing this, the “reds” guarantee themselves several dozen goals annually in the coming seasons. There is no doubt that a new deal with the winger will be costly, but it’s worth it. You have to pay for quality, and Salah has never given the Merseysiders a reason to doubt their professional aptitude.