Mohamed Salah stole the show in Liverpool’s recent 2-2 draw against Manchester City in the Premier League, scoring an unbelievable goal to put the home side ahead before the visitors eventually equalised for the second time.
For the past few months, there has been plenty of talk surrounding the winger and the possibility of him putting pen to paper on a new deal to keep him at the Merseyside club beyond 2023 when his current deal expires.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game at Anfield on Sunday evening, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher shared his thoughts on Salah and his contract situation.
He said that he thinks Salah, who he described as “electric” for his heroics on the pitch for the Reds, wants to be in the same bracket as Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in terms of weekly wages for him to sign a new deal with Liverpool.
According to Spotrac, Salah is currently earning a salary of £200k-per week, making Virgil van Dijk (220k-per-week) the only Liverpool player earning more than the Egyptian.
In terms of De Bruyne, the City midfielder is on a reported £400k-per week, double what Salah apparently earns.
In our view, if the key to Salah signing a new contract at Liverpool is upping his wages, the club must throw every possible penny they have available at him. That, however, is a huge dilemma for FSG who risk breaking the club’s transfer wage structure in order to keep him in Merseyside.
If they did that, it could risk rocking the apple cart at Anfield. Though, if the Egyptian star left, Liverpool would obviously be worse off. Thus, the Reds hierarchy must weigh up whether it’s worth handing a player who turns 30 next year, such an astronomical sum of money.
Since joining Liverpool back in the 2017 summer transfer window from Italian club AS Roma for a fee of £37.8m, he’s has managed to rack up 134 goals and 50 assists in 212 games for the Reds across all competitions.
If this is the case that Salah wants a significant pay increase to sign a new deal at Liverpool, we feel that he certainly deserves it. The winger has been Liverpool’s top goalscorer in the Premier League in every season since his arrival at Anfield shows just how vital he is to the team,
Even though the 29-year-old still has some time left on his current contract, we feel that tying him down with a new deal as soon as possible is something that should be at the top of FSG’s priority list for the future.