Paul Scholes believes Mohamed Salah can be the ‘best on the planet’. The Egyptian must get his next move right, however.
Mohamed Salah is playing the best football of his career right now – and those are towering heights. But the Liverpool star is doing just about everything right at the moment.
That’s certainly wonderful for the Reds but there’s a worry on the horizon – his contract. Salah’s deal ends in 2023, meaning he enters his final year next summer.
No new contract would effectively force a sale as Liverpool surely wouldn’t entertain letting him leave for free down the line. Salah, though, wants this contract to be a lucrative one.
Per the Independent, Salah isn’t asking for the world. He just wants to earn what the Premier League’s best players earn. It’s hard to argue against him there.
But if Liverpool don’t grant him that, the Egyptian may well leave. Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes that would be a mistake.
Scholes on Salah
“If [Salah] wants to be the best player on the planet, he has to stay at Liverpool,” Scholes told Sky Sports. “He has to stay in England.
“The best players are here, it’s the best league in the world now. It’s got the three best coaches in the world, with the best teams.
“So if he wants to be the best player on the planet, he has to stay here and Liverpool have to pay him.”
Well, we’re not going to argue with him. We firmly believe that Salah should remain with Liverpool for him to become the best player around.
But then, we would say that.
There is legitimate logic to it, though. Salah improved dramatically on joining Liverpool, reaching levels no one thought were there. He thrives in Jurgen Klopp’s system and has done since day one.
There’s no guarantee that he can replicate this kind of form elsewhere. In fact, elite clubs are littered with players who haven’t transferred their performances with them.
Barcelona have four or five players who fit that bill. There’s Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. Most notably, Gini Wijnaldum is struggling quite badly with Paris Saint-Germain on leaving Liverpool.
Sticking with the Reds is almost certainly Salah’s best shot at being the world’s best. But that might not be the deciding factor here. Instead, it may come down to those wage demands.
In which case, it’s all in FSG’s hands.