Jurgen Klopp has a new Liverpool contract – and that should perhaps mean Mohamed Salah gets one, too. The Egyptian’s deal expires in 2023.
Liverpool announced on Thursday that Jurgen Klopp will remain with the club until 2026. That’s a two-year extension to his previous deal and it’s simply fantastic news for the Reds. No matter what way you look at things – from playing style to transfers – having Klopp at the club is a boost.
Essentially, Liverpool’s short-term future is all under Klopp. They’ll have four years to plan under him, rather than the previous two, and that means any current contracts take that into effect.
Which could have a massive effect when it comes to Liverpool dealing with Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool and Mohamed Salah
Salah’s contract expires in 2023 and it’s no secret that Liverpool want him to get a new one. They just understandably want it to make financial sense.
But it appears that they’re willing to pay him a massive wage. The Mirror reports that a £400k-a-week contract was on the table but Salah said no. We can only imagine that was because of the length of said deal.
The Egyptian almost certainly wants a long-term contract that takes him into his mid-30s. Liverpool, though, are likely only willing to bet on his next two years being good. That might change with Thursday’s news, however.
Liverpool now know that a four-year contract for Salah now means four years under Klopp. That’s very different to two years under Klopp and then two years of relative uncertainty. Because if any manager on earth is going to get £400k-a-week of value out of Salah from 32 to 34, it’s Klopp.
A new manager would mean gambling on uncertainties with the biggest contract in Liverpool’s history. Could he adapt to a new role under a new manager? That’s not easy at any age, let alone in your twilight years as a player.
The risk there is dramatically lessened with the knowledge that the manager will remain in place. Salah would work under Klopp for the entirety of a four-year deal.
That could make all the difference here. We feel far more comfortable with Klopp managing Salah across that deal than we would be with anyone else. And as far as we’re concerned, that should move the winger one step closer to getting the contract he wants.