FSG see a real risk in Mohamed Salah long-term, according to reports. We think they’ve got it completely backwards, however.
Mohamed Salah has a contract that expires in 2023 and that’s a big problem. The Egyptian also turns 30 at the end of the season, putting a long-term contract up for debate.
Per the Mirror, Salah would want over £300k-a-week – but that should surprise nobody. He’s arguably the best player on the planet right now and playing far better than most realise.
It’s not just the goals. Salah is creating and defending at higher levels than he ever has before.
But Salah will be 31 by the end of his current deal. A five-year contract anytime soon will mean he’s 35 by the end of it and players don’t usually justify high prices at that age.
No wonder, then, that FSG apparently see a major risk here. They don’t want to commit record-breaking money to someone on the way down. There’s no doubt whatsoever that there’s a risk.
Only, we think they’re looking at it the wrong way around.
FSG hold Salah worry
So let’s say Liverpool gave Salah a new contract. As the Athletic points out, a £350k contract would cost the club around £73m over the next four years. That’s a lot of money.
But what’s the alternative here? If Liverpool let Salah go, they’ll need to spend similar money in order to find someone as good as their no.11. The reality is that they almost certainly will not find that player.
Salah is quite comfortably one of the world’s best. There are virtually no players as good as him, let alone players who can offer Liverpool what they need tactically. That £73m would almost certainly mean a downgrade.
And that’s the real risk here. Liverpool would be banking on signing a replacement who can develop into another Salah – which seems far less likely than Salah staying elite for the next three or four years.
After all, the Egyptian reportedly believes he hasn’t peaked yet and his current performances suggest he’s right.
Liverpool struck gold in signing Salah. They picked up a player many questioned and developed him into a superstar. The Reds’ chances of doing that again seem incredibly slim.
Finding a younger, more long-term Salah would be wonderful – we just can’t see it happening.
But in Salah, they currently have someone who is a sure-thing over the next two or three years. Possibly even more than that. Is there a risk with his age? Of course, but there’s risk no matter what happens.
And for us, keeping Salah long-term is by far the lower-risk option.