Salah’s Liverpool contract is due to expire in June 2023, and he is one of a number of Reds players yet to commit their long-term future to the Premier League club
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has made his feelings clear about his future at the club as he enters the final 18 months of his contract, insisting he wants to continue his career at Anfield and denying suggestions he is making “crazy” demands.
The Premier League top scorer has been with the Reds since 2017, scoring more than 100 league goals in four-and-a-half seasons, but could end up leaving for nothing in 2023 if he fails to agree terms on a new deal.
Salah has previously spoken of his desire to stay at Anfield, with manager Jurgen Klopp remaining optimistic over a resolution.
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“I want it to happen, but when? I couldn’t care less,” Klopp said in December when asked about Salah signing a new deal.
The Egyptian has scored 23 goals in 26 club appearances this term, leaving him on course to chase down the career-best 44 he notched in his first Reds season back in 2017-18.
He signed an extension at the end of that season, keeping him on Liverpool’s books until 2023, and has emphasises the ball is in Liverpool’s court.
“I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands,” Salah told GQ.
“They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff.
“I’ve 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’s in their hands.”
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Salah is one of five Liverpool first-teamers with contracts expiring in 2023, along with fellow forwards Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Other teammates have extended their Anfield stays over the last 12 months, including Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, but the Reds are still yet to agree terms with Salah.
The former Basel and Chelsea man is expected to be on big money well into his thirties if his demands are met, but Salah – who turned 29 last June – has no doubts about his ability to keep delivering at a high level.
“It’s not just Zlatan [Ibrahimovic],” Salah said when asked about players’ top-level careers going on longer than in previous generations.
“[Cristiano] Ronaldo is 36, [Karim] Benzema, 34. All the top players at the moment, [Robert] Lewandowski, [Lionel] Messi, all of them are 34, 35.”
40-year-old Ibrahimovic is AC Milan’s top scorer this season, while Ronaldo is in a comparable position for Manchester United, and Benzema has 17 La Liga goals this term despite turning 34 in December.
Indeed, at the age of 29, Salah is the youngest member of the three-man shortlist for FIFA’s best men’s player of the year, as he battles it out with Messi and Lewandowski for the award.
Salah is already fourth on Liverpool’s all-time Premier League scorers list, and if he stays at the club until his mid-30s he could end up setting a target which no one can match.