Liverpool are ‘absolutely desperate’ for a new contract with Mohamed Salah, according to one journalist. The Egyptian’s deal expires in 2023.
This comes from the Athletic’s James Pearce. He gave a rundown of Liverpool’s contract situation this week and it makes for interesting listening.
In short, there are six major contracts all expiring in 2023. It’s essentially the core of Liverpool’s team and some big decisions face the clubover the next year.
But some of those decisions are sewn up. One of which is that Liverpool want a new contract for Mohamed Salah.
In fact, they’re ‘absolutely desperate’ for one.
Liverpool chase new Mohamed Salah contract
Pearce claims Alisson Becker is ‘at the front of the queue’ for a contract extension, with Fabinho not far behind. Then Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson represent others who could get new deals.
Then comes Salah. “Mohamed Salah, of course,” says Pearce. “Liverpool are absolutely desperate to get him tied down.”
Salah is probably the most interesting name there. Everyone else is virtually guaranteed to contribute over a five-year contract – the Egyptian isn’t.
He’ll turn 30 next year and is a player who relies heavily on his pace. That can start to fade as a player enters their natural decline and Salah may suffer.
So Liverpool wanting to keep him long-term suggests they don’t believe that decline is coming anytime soon. We wouldn’t be too surprised, given the shape Salah keeps him in, but it sounds like the Reds are confident he’s a long-term prospect.
But the other interesting thing here is Salah’s value. It’s almost certainly higher than both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino’s. If Liverpool wanted to cash in on any of their front-three before the contracts expire, you’d think it was Salah.
Yet, that’s apparently not the case. It seems Salah will be around for some time to come – if Liverpool get their way.