Gabby Agbonlahor claims that Kylian Mbappe’s new deal could have an impact on Mohamed Salah’s contract situation at Liverpool.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, the pundit said Salah will be looking at the Frenchman’s deal and wondering why he can’t get the same.
“You’re looking at the Mbappe deal, you’re looking at De Bruyne sorting his own contact, you’re hearing about what Haaland’s getting and these agents will know the levels of the deals,” said Agbonlahor.
“Salah will be thinking, I’m getting top goal scorer season after season. You are giving me what I want or I’m going, Mane as well. They love Liverpool, been there for a number of years, but if you don’t give me what I’m worth, why should I stay.”
Liverpool playing catch-up
It’s clear that Agbonlahor does have a point here. Players on the same level – and potentially even lower levels – are being paid a lot more than Liverpool’s top pair.
Naturally, the Liverpool duo can reasonably expect to be paid the going rate for players of their quality. Their reported wage demands suggest they hope the club can stretch to something like what they’d get elsewhere.
However, there also has to be an understanding that Liverpool simply aren’t in a position to match these monster deals.
All three of the contract’s Agbonlahor mentions are from clubs with near limitless resources. Liverpool are operating in a different financial sphere to these clubs, whilst still managing to compete at the highest level.
Mbappe flirts with Liverpool
Given the relative financial constraints of Liverpool, it was a surprise to see Mbappe’s quotes on Monday night.
As per The Telegraph, the 23-year-old claimed that he had indeed spoken to Liverpool about a move this summer.
“We talked a little bit, but not too much. We talked a little bit,” Mbappe said of The Reds.
Had Liverpool been able to pull of such a deal, the questions over why they can’t offer Salah and Mane the same would have intensified.
But they didn’t, because such deals are likely beyond them. It’s fair enough that the player’s are looking to earn what their peers are, but they may have to accept that if they want to stay at Liverpool, that probably isn’t going to happen.