Mohamed Salah wants to be world-class at 35 as Liverpool contract talks continue
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Mohamed Salah wants to be world-class at 35 as Liverpool contract talks continue

Mohamed Salah made a great argument in an interview this week as his contract talks continue with Liverpool. There’s a real trend among top players.

Mohamed Salah only has 18 months left on his Liverpool contract – and that’s a scary thought. The Egyptian is playing not just the best football of his career but he’s arguably the best in the world right now.

Certainly, he’s the standout player at Liverpool and Salah is really the go-to in every game he plays. Should the team lose him, there would be a significant drop-off. His contract, then, is the big issue right now and should trump anything else.

But Salah does want to stay. He just wants what he believes Liverpool can give him – ‘nothing crazy’, he claims.

But the club almost certainly see Salah in a certain way that isn’t simply ‘the world’s best player’. He’ll also turn 30 in the summer, making a four or five-year contract a little riskier. Liverpool, as we saw with Gini Wijnaldum, reportedly don’t like paying big wages to players over 30.

After all, is he going to be the same player three or four years? Liverpool would be paying him like one of the world’s best but will they get a return on that when Salah is 34?

He says yes – and honestly, is probably right.

Mohamed Salah makes great point amid Liverpool contract talks

Salah recently gave a lengthy interview to GQ where he discussed everything from his start in football to his current contract situation. He also discussed his future as a player, though, and clearly believes he can improve.

After all, the biggest and best names in football right now are all older than him.

“It’s not just Zlatan [Ibrahimovic],” Salah says. “[Cristiano] Ronaldo is 36, [Karim] Benzema, 34. All the top players at the moment, [Robert] Lewandowski, [Lionel] Messi, all of them are 34, 35.”

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Well, he’s right. The average age of football’s best right now is going up and up. With Salah’s dedication to fitness, too, there’s absolutely no reason he won’t be a similar standout at that age.

What we will say, though, is that none of those players are known for their particularly high work-rate at this stage of their career. Lewandowski is still hard-working but not at the level he was a few years ago.

Can Salah buck that trend? Again, we think he will – and that might prove to be the big test over his new contract.

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