Mohamed Salah is set to sign a record breaking contract extending his career at Liverpool, according to reports.
The 29-year-old superstar scored 31 goals last season and is now in line to become the club’s highest ever paid player.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, club sporting director Michael Edwards is prioritising keeping the club’s current core together which includes a new deal for Salah, as well as Virgil van Djik, Fabinho and Alisson.
The Egyptian’s current contract is tied with the deal awarded to Luis Suarez in December 2013 as the highest salary in the club’s history. However an anticipated new pay rise will see him become the new record holder.
Liverpool’s plan revealed
As we have previously noted, there are currently a number of senior players within the squad whose contracts are within a few years of expiry.
The club allowed Gini Wijnaldum to leave on a free transfer this summer and have also seen issues arise over the future of captain Jordan Henderson as his contract ends next summer.
This experience has likely kicked the club into action as they now look to address the long term future of core players. Liverpool have recently rewarded Trent Alexander-Arnold with a new wage rise and four-year deal, and there is every indication he is the first of many players who will extend their stay at the club this summer.
This report indicates the club are determined to prevent another contract situation next summer by tying down players to new contracts early.
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Through their actions surrounding Wijnaldum and Henderson, it is clear the club are apprehensive about rewarding aging players with big wages and new contracts. Their willingness to break that mould for Salah indicates what a special payer he is.
Salah has amassed an unbelievable record since joining Liverpool scoring 95 league goals across 145 appearances.
Salah’s durability must also be a significant factor in the awarding of a new contract. He has averaged over 50 appearances in each of his four seasons at Liverpool without any significant injury concerns at any point of his career.
Liverpool’s transfer policy has been described as sell-to-buy so it can only be reassuring that they are keen to keep the club’s most important players.