Egypt international Mohamed Salah is in the final 18 months of his current contract, worth more than £200,000 a week, and is yet to sign an extension at Liverpool
Liverpool are reportedly not prepared to meet Mohamed Salah’s salary demands, leaving the door open for an Anfield exit.
Egypt international Salah is in the final 18 months of his current contract, worth more than £200,000 a week, and is yet to sign an extension at Liverpool.
Salah has been locked in talks with Liverpool for some time with the Reds keen to keep hold of the Premier League’s top marksman.
And according to The Telegraph, the stand-off could continue for some time with Liverpool currently unprepared to meet Salah’s salary demands, whatever they may be.
Jurgen Klopp has provided little by way of an explanation for what is going on behind the scenes at Anfield.
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Liverpool have not publically challenged Salah over his demands nor responded directly to his comments that his salary request is reasonable.
But they are yet to meet them, suggesting Salah’s time at Anfield may be coming to an end.
Salah recently spoke out about his contract stand-off with Liverpool, claiming he’s not “asking for crazy stuff”.
“I want to stay, but it is not in my hands,” he said. “It is in their hands. They know what I want. I am not asking for crazy stuff. The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something,” said Salah in an interview with GQ.
“I have been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have (been) told the situation. It is in their hands.”
Reds boss Klopp offered a relaxed response in his press conference when asked about Salah’s comments.
“First and foremost, nowadays especially, I think it’s dangerous with these interview things when you didn’t speak to the player himself, said Klopp. “So, there is nothing that would be unexpected.
“We know, I know, Mo wants to stay, we want Mo to stay. That’s the point where we are and that these things take time, I cannot change. Sorry. But I think it’s all in a good place. Nothing else to say.
“I’m very positive about it but I don’t think it makes sense that you speak on behalf of the fans because I’m pretty sure the fans are not as nervous as you are.
“They know the club pretty long and know the people dealing here with the different things pretty long, so I think there are enough reasons for being positive but as long as it is not done we cannot say anything about it.
“But, good conversations – that’s what I can say.”
On why negotiations have been so drawn out, he added: “Because things take time. There are so many things that you have to do in these negotiations and there is, by the way, a third party: the agent is there as well.
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“But there’s nothing to worry about, it’s a normal process. If you wouldn’t ask, Mo has a contract here this season and the next season and just because we make up stories here, that’s why we always talk about it but there is nothing to say about it.
“Nobody has to worry, it’s just the situation we are in. Really, all fine.
“It’s not done, that’s why we didn’t get this news, but we are in talks. He’s a world-class player, an unbelievable player, a great boy, did a lot of great stuff for Liverpool and of course, we want to keep him. Now let’s see how it will work out. That’s all.”