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New Mohamed Salah contract talks should be simple - if they're soon

Any new contract for star forward Mohamed Salah should be simple for Liverpool. But only if those talks happen quickly this season.

Mohamed Salah currently has a contract until 2023. That’s decent enough – Salah will be 31 by the time it expires, after all.

But he might want more. In a lot of ways, Liverpool should give him more.

The Guardian reported at the start of the deal that Salah bumped his wages up to £200k-a-week. That’s obviously a fortune and, per Spotrac, he’s the highest-paid player at Liverpool.

We can understand if he’s a little unsatisfied, though. There are players earning more than that who aren’t really on his level, after all.

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Take this report from the Mirror. They claim that both Manchester clubs want Jack Grealish and are willing to pay him over £200k-a-week – or more than Salah, in other words.

Grealish is a really good player. Mohamed Salah, he is not.

Thus the Egyptian may well want a pay-rise. Goal claims Liverpool are happy to give him one. All is well.

As long as those talks are soon, that is.

Diminishing returns

Salah is superb and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. But he will.

He’s 28 now and as we say, will be 31 at the end of his current deal. We still expect Salah to be a top player by then.

But any extension muddies the waters a little.

Say he signed a four-year extension that came into effect at the end of the season. That’s likely the length of contract he’d want and he could certainly get it elsewhere.

Salah would be 33 by the end of that deal. Which is fine – he won’t be the same player by that age but we can call it a year or two of reward for being a club legend.

But beyond that, we’re not sure it’s worth it for Liverpool. If they waited and signed a deal until Salah is 34 or 35, we’d have real reservations.

There’s little to no chance that a 34-year-old Salah is worth over £200k-a-week. We doubt he will be at 33 or, possibly, 32.

He’s a player who relies heavily on his speed, after all, and that will fade soon.

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So a new contract over the next six months makes sense. That should be a simple discussion and negotiation.

But beyond that, it becomes tough. Liverpool should wrap this one up quickly.

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