Mohamed Salah offered an eye-opening insight into his future plans amid ongoing negotiations with Liverpool chiefs over a new contract to extend his stay beyond 2023
Mohamed Salah has left Liverpool chiefs with nowhere to hide by declaring he would like to end his playing days at Anfield.
The Egyptian superstar gave a revealing interview on Friday during which he said he would like to stay with the Reds until the “last day” of his career.
This put to bed rumours that Salah would favour one last big transfer despite his links with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona over the last year.
The 29-year-old has also put the ball firmly in the court of Liverpool ‘s owners, Fenway Sports Group, as negotiations over a new contract rumble on.
Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, has been locked in talks with the club’s hierarchy for many months, with his client’s wages proving to be a sticking point.
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The former Chelsea and Roma winger is believed to be demanding a new deal worth up to £500,000 per week which he believes reflects his importance on Merseyside.
Salah has returned 12 goals and four assists in just 11 games this season and many believe he is the best player in the world based on current form.
Despite his vast quality, FSG are loathed to rip up their strict wage structure to hand him a contract which would make him the club’s highest earner by a staggering distance.
Salah’s fresh interview shifts the landscape surrounding the in-the-spotlight negotiations, removing any doubt over his commitment to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can’t say much about that – it’s not in my hands,” he told Sky Sports .
“At the moment I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.”
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With Salah as dedicated to the cause as ever, the only obstacle which appears to remain in contract talks concerns his proposed salary.
The Egypt international is believed to earn £200,000 per week having signed a new deal until 2023 back in 2018, one year after he joined from Roma.
Liverpool’s current highest earner is Virgil van Dijk, who signed a £220,000-per-week deal this summer.
Elevating Salah’s salary far beyond that of the Dutch defender comes with the risk of damaging dressing room harmony.
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But if FSG fail to successfully negotiate new terms with their talismanic forward, questions will be asked of their ambition, especially given the player’s clear desire to stay.
Liverpool manager Klopp is among the growing number who rate Salah above the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, asking: “Come on, who is better than him?”
Speaking after Salah’s stunning goal in the 5-0 victory over Watford last weekend, the German added: “His performance was massive. The pass for the first goal was great and the second goal was special. He is top, we all see it.”