Mohammed Salah is yet to sign a new Liverpool contract but he has been urged to snub Real Madrid and Barcelona in favour of staying at Anfield
The Egyptian forward hit a hat-trick in the Reds’ 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United on Sunday as he netted in his 10th successive appearance.
Salah’s Old Trafford triple has brought his tally to 15 for the season and his scintillating form has seen him hailed by manager Jurgen Klopp as the “best player in the world”.
The 29-year-old has expressed his desire to remain at Anfield beyond the expiry of his current contract in 2023, but he is yet to commit to a new deal despite Liverpool’s best efforts.
With this meaning Salah could be snapped up on a pre-contract agreement as early as January 2022, a whole host of top European sides have been touted with tempting the Egyptian away from Merseyside.
However, former England striker Darren Bent has had his say on the matter, urging Salah to snub Real Madrid and Barcelona in favour of extending his Liverpool stay.
“Do you know what he has on his side as well? There aren’t too many places he can go,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“You look at Barcelona or Real Madrid; neither of them are in any sort of financial state.
“I know they (Real Madrid) bid something crazy for Kylian Mbappe, but that looks like who they are set on getting. They are in a rebuild.”
Bent, who netted 106 goals during his Premier League career, jumped to the defence of Klopp’s Reds when it was suggested the Spanish pair are “bigger clubs” than Liverpool.
“Not now they’re not, Liverpool are massive,” Bent added. “Where would you rather go right now?
“If Barca or Real came in for me right now and I’m at Liverpool, I would stay where I am.”
Despite Salah’s recent admission that he hopes to see out the remainder of his playing days at Anfield, the Egyptian’s advisor Ramy Abbas Issa is reportedly holding out for a considerable pay rise for his client.
Dubai-based agent Issa is supposedly hoping to secure an improved £500,000-a-week deal which would make Salah the highest earner at Anfield.
Ahead of Liverpool’s clash with United last weekend, Salah refused to rule out an exit.
“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.
“It depends on what the club want, not on me.”
The Liverpool forward, who has recently become the highest-scoring African player in Premier League history, will be hoping to continue his fine streak in front of goal when the Reds host Graham Potter’s Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.