Liverpool are causing themselves Mohamed Salah problem amid Egyptian's Lionel Messi output – Express

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Liverpool are causing themselves more financial problems the longer they delay handing Mohamed Salah a bumper new contract at Anfield. Salah’s current deal worth £200,000-a-week expires in 2023, and he will likely, and rightly, demand a substantial pay rise to extend terms.
Since joining Liverpool as a player grateful for a second chance in the Premier League, Salah has flourished into one of the greatest forwards in the competition’s history.
The Egyptian King has registered 146 goals and 56 assists in 225 appearances in all competitions across four incredible years.
He was central to Liverpool’s 97-point season, sixth Champions League success and inaugural Premier League title win.
And given his glory at the club so far, not many would’ve anticipated Salah rising to a whole new level this term.
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This season, the 29-year-old has been an unstoppable force, scoring 21 goals in 22 games in all competitions on top of nine assists.
He’s comfortably in the form of his career, and his seventh-place Ballon d’Or finish was a sad reminder of how the award’s prestige has faded.
Salah is deservedly being widely hailed as the world’s current best player, and that status alone will demand a boosted wage package to remain at Anfield.
Reports suggest he could ask for around £400,000-a-week to extend his contract on Merseyside, doubling his current earnings.
And he’s showing no signs of slowing down, meaning he could be in the position to ask for even more come to the end of the season.
His current wage makes him the joint-17th highest earner in the Premier League, behind the likes of John Stones, Anthony Martial and Timo Werner.
But a new deal worth in excess of £400k weekly would rocket him ahead of Kevin De Bruyne as the second-highest earner in England behind Cristiano Ronaldo – obviously.
The mindblowing thing, though, is that he’s absolutely in his right to demand such a sum of money, and Liverpool must pay up to avoid a disastrous end to his sensational stint.
VOTE FOR YOUR PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HEREMohamed Salah is in the form of his career.With Salah turning 30 next year, perhaps the Reds are wary of offering a player of that age such a blockbuster contract in the risk of a sudden decline.
But they should take inspiration from Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and others who have continued to perform at a freakish level for years into their thirties.
Just admire Salah’s physique for a minute, and it’s easy to be confident that he won’t be dropping off anytime soon.
It’ll be an anxious waiting game for Liverpool fans until the day Salah extends his stay at Anfield, but the sooner, the better for the club’s sake.
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