Liverpool star Mohamed Salah continues to be linked with a move away from Anfield according to reports and did nothing to stop rumours intensify on a possible exit from Merseyside.
The Egyptian’s current contract is £200,000 a week and runs until the summer of 2023. However, after his recent interview with Spanish paper AS he flirted on a move away from the club.
“I think Madrid and Barcelona are top clubs. We never know what is going to happen in the future,” he said.
Should Liverpool Extend Mohamed Salah’s Contract?
Salah Rumours Intensify After Rare Interview
Mohammed Salah’s goals have guided Liverpool towards Premier League and Champions League success. Both the player and the club are settled as they look to win more silverware, so a new contract should be a formality?
However, for the time being, Salah has thrown the ball in Liverpool’s court, to open negotiations for a new contract. The Merseyside club could also decide to cash in on the 28-year old at his peak.
Liverpool has experience selling their best players, with Phillipe Coutinho leaving for Barcelona in 2018 for £142 million. While there’s no doubt, the Coutinho deal was pivotal in building Liverpool’s Premier League winning team. The departure of the Brazilian allowed the club to bring in Virgil van Dijk and Alisson to the club.
The same formula could be applied to Salah. A fast winger at 28 years old, who could be nearing the end of his prime. However, apart from Kylian Mbappé, which seems like an unlikely signing in the current transfer climate; there are no obvious replacements for Salah. This will lead to Liverpool offering Salah a bigger contract. Ensuring the club retains a world-class player.
Liverpool will use Countinho’s failed transfer, to encourage Salah to sign. The Egyptian will be aware that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are going through transitions, meaning neither Spanish clubs guarantee success.
What Are the Reasons for Liverpool’s Bad Form?
There is the possibility that Mohammed Salah’s contract is the reason for Liverpool’s bad form. Several players in the dressing room could mistake the situation to question Salah’s commitment.
However, it is more likely that the Egyptian is waiting to confirm if his last big contract reflects his worth. With Liverpool’s season hanging in the balance, the club will be keen to offer Salah his desired contract.
Although Liverpool continues to win matches after Virgil van Dijk‘s injury. The growing injury list has resulted in various midfielders playing in defence. While Fabinho has been consistent at the back, his presence has been missed in central midfield.
This Liverpool team are now into their third season competing at the top of the Premier League. Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool has played with great attacking intensity.
Jota: A Fresh of Breath Air
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have partnered with Salah in the front line. As the trio approach 30, they may begin to slow down. An outstanding transfer was signing Diego Jota from Wolves. Alongside his steady stream of goals, Jota provided cover for Liverpool’s front three, meaning squad rotation could take place.
While Salah signing his contract will no doubt boost Liverpool’s performances. Liverpool will come back to life when some of their more important players return from injury. Once the club regains their squad depth, there’s the chance Liverpool will make a serious bid to retain the Premier League title.