Liverpool have reportedly entered negotiations with star-forward Mohamed Salah over extending his contract with the club.
According to The Times reporter Paul Joyce, Salah, along with Alisson, Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk are among the first-team players who are in talks with the Reds’ hierarchy.
The Eygpt international’s current deal expires in the summer of 2023 but has occasionally openly flirted with the idea of moving to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Since arriving on Merseyside four years ago, the 29-year-old has established himself as one of the world’s best players.
In 203 appearances for the Anfield outfit, Salah has bagged 125 goals and provided a further 47 assists and steered Jurgen Klopp’s charges towards the Champions League crown, Premier League title, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
And while many of his teammates struggled last season, he was one of few shining lights for Liverpool, continuing to put the ball in the back of the net with alarming regularity.
Therefore, news that Salah has entered into talks with the club’s hierarchy over a potential new deal will certainly have the supporters feeling excited.
Although there will be similar feelings towards Alisson, Fabinho and Van Dijk, given their top-class ability and importance to the team, their loyalty has never been in question. And, consequently, their willingness to negotiate a new contract comes as little surprise.
Without Salah’s incredible haul of 31 goals and six assists in all competitions in 2020/21, Liverpool’s hugely underwhelming campaign could have been a disaster.
His importance to the 19-time English champions has arguably never been greater, and if he does put pen to paper on fresh terms over the coming months, it could be the best piece of business Klopp pulls off this summer.
The enigmatic German manager will be hoping to return his charges to the summit of English football next season, but achieving that goal would be virtually impossible without his key attacking force.
It remains to be seen whether Salah does commit his future to Liverpool – doing so would practically end any hopes he may hold over joining Madrid or Barca – however, this latest revelation will give the club’s supporters some much-needed hope heading into 2021/22.