Mohammed Salah’s contract with Liverpool expires in the summer of 2023 – that’s 18 months. But the Egyptian, it seems, is in no hurry to agree to the proposal of his club.
Jurgen Klopp was asked about the situation last week and his response was pretty calm. “Our goal is clear, but such processes take time.”
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It seems that everything is so, but why, after all, the star of the “red” has not been able to decide on its future for so long? And what does he want? Sky Sports News reporter Vinnie O’Connor tried to figure it out.
The first conclusion he drew is that Salah does not think only with his wallet. He is still ambitious and still hungry for victories with his team. At the moment, many of his comrades have celebrated their thirtieth birthday – Firmino, Henderson, van Dijk. Mane is 29, and Fabinho is 28. Obviously, it will not be possible to maintain the champion’s ambitions without reinforcements. Salah cares about that.
In this composition, it is he who remains the best. He also scored his 20th goal in 21 appearances this season. Whatever salary he asks for will be justified. But, despite the fact that he is already considered to be the strongest football player in the world, he is the fifth in terms of salary. He is second at Liverpool after van Dijk signed. Conversations with his agent mention a salary of £ 300,000 a week.
When asked about these words, Klopp replied that “renewing a contract with a player like Moe does not take place in an atmosphere of measured tea. This is fine. Mo’s okay, I’m okay. We want to talk it over, and it takes time.”
It cannot be argued, but neither can it be denied, that Liverpool must complete it before there is one year left on the contract. The task is not the easiest one: the offer must be attractive enough to emphasize its status, but it is also impossible to completely break the salary structure – at the wrong time.
The club does not want to rush, especially since it has already lost potential competitors in the person of Real and Barcelona, who either do not want or cannot spend on the striker. This means that agent Salah has less leverage. However, one should never forget about the risk that the Egyptian will wait until the end of the contract and move to another club as a free agent.