Liverpool have to decide where they want to be in football after a reported £380k demand. The Reds have a big choice ahead.
It’s not exactly a secret that Mohamed Salah’s contract is an issue. He has just under two seasons left on his deal, meaning his value tanks next summer.
But Salah also turns 30 next summer. Liverpool appear very hesitant to hand a big-money contract to a player that old – it’s the same stance that saw Gini Wijnaldum leave for nothing in 2021.
What kind of money are we talking about, though? There have been plenty of suggestions around Salah’s demands, from reasonable to extravagant. It does sound, however, as though the former is more in line with reality.
The Independent claims that Salah isn’t in fact after £500k-a-week or record-breaking Premier League wages. Instead, he just wants to be paid in-lin with the league’s other top players.
Kevin De Bruyne, for instance, earns £380k-a-week and that’s the kind of money Salah wants. It’s quite difficult to deny his case there.
Liverpool face £380k demand
Now, the amount likely isn’t exactly £380k but it sounds as though it’s roughly in that area. De Bruyne has been the outstanding Premier League player alongside Salah for the last few years – it makes sense he’d want in-line with his wages.
Especially as it’s Manchester City paying those wages. Salah will know as well as anyone that City’s spending power exceeds Liverpool’s. If City are paying that, the Reds can’t exactly go much higher.
But whether Liverpool will go there at all is the question. And that’s why they’ve got to decide what kind of club they are. Do FSG want Liverpool to be an elite club or not?
Because an ‘elite’ club renews Salah’s contract. He’s one of the world’s best players right now and likely will be for the next few years. He’ll cost a lot of money – and it’s certainly a risk – but it’s one worth taking in order to try and be the best around.
The alternative is operating in the bracket under that. Always looking for investment-friendly deals and taking next-to-no risks with players. Instead of spending £70m+ on a four-year contract, you bring in £70m+ with a transfer fee to reinvest.
The team gets worse as the players won’t be as good as Salah but you stay financially sound.
FSG have a decision to make, then. Is this about being the best club in the world or simply being a big risk-free cash-cow?