The Egyptian King has been one of the cornerstone of their recent success.
Mohamed Salah is running out of contract in 2023. Both the parties want the contract to work out. Salah is happy at Liverpool and the Reds are more than happy to keep their star man in the ranks. But, the issue hovering here is money. Mo Salah is currently on £200,000 a week and is yet to agree on a new contract with Liverpool.
It is less than Virgil Van Dijk, who earns £220,000 and is at par with Thiago Alcantara. As per reports, the Egyptian is demanding a salary of around £400,000 a week, which would make him one of the highest-paid Premier League players. But, the club are reluctant to break their wage structure.
Here are five reasons why Liverpool should renew Mo Salah’s contract and make sure he stays in Anfield:
5. Goalscoring Record
Ever since the Egyptian has set foot at Anfield, he has been nothing but a storm. Always consistent with his performances, Salah has been instrumental in landing Liverpool trophies such as the Champions League and most importantly the Premier League. He has amassed 153 goals in 238 appearances for the Reds.
He has already climbed to seventh in the list of the club’s all-time top scorers. The winger is now only five and eight goals behind Michael Owen and Sir Kenny Dalglish respectively. Talking about the Premier League, he is only 11 goals behind Robbie Flower. If Salah stays till next season, we could see him emerge as Liverpool highest scorer in the Premier League.
4. Possibility of switching
As per multiple reports, Mohamed Salah loves Liverpool and has no intention of moving anywhere else. He is well-settled on Merseyside with his wife and two kids.
But, he also feels he is not asking a lot for a player of his quality. Other players such as N’golo Kante, David de Gea, Kevin De Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo and so on are getting paid a lot more. Any top club would readily accept his demands.
3. Difficult to replace
Salah was signed by Liverpool for a price of £37m from AS Roma in 2017. Since then, he has been one of their most consistent players. The trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah is one of the best attacks the Premier League has witnessed. He won the Golden Boot for two consecutive seasons (2017/18 and 2018/19).
Will it be that easy for Liverpool to replace him? They have excellent talents in Diogo Jota and the newly-recruited Luis Diaz. But, can the Reds afford to offload Salah and bank on these players to win them titles?
2. Peak of his career
Salah played for Basel, Chelsea and AS Roma before joining Liverpool. He has attained superstar status at the club. Can Liverpool let go of a player who they have developed brilliantly? Salah will turn 30 in June and many people say his form might fade owing to his age.
But, in today’s era, players have reached their peak in their 30s. They mature better with age. We can see this in the likes of Thiago Silva, Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema. Salah still has five more years to contribute significantly to Liverpool. The Reds must consider this and be flexible with their wage policy.
1. Impact on youngsters
Liverpool have promising youngsters in their squad. Some of these boys have the potential to be superstars for both club and country. Whereas players such as Trent Alexander Arnold and Diogo Jota have already marked themselves on the big stage.
Gone are those days when players such as Steven Gerrard or Francesco Totti stuck with their clubs. Modern football is more commercialized and players understand their value. Salah has been phenomenal for the Reds and not giving him a lucrative contract may discourage these players. This will lead to their exit from the club.