Jurgen Klopp isn’t expecting Mohamed Salah’s new contract at Liverpool to have a negative effect on the rest of his squad.
As per The Athletic, Klopp is ‘confident’ that Salah’s huge new wages will not cause issues for his other senior players.
The Egyptian became the highest paid player in Liverpool history yesterday. His new deal is reportedly worth around £350k-per-week, comfortably making him the best paid at the club.
However, Klopp is reportedly counting on the ‘humility and intelligence’ of his squad to accept Salah’s raise.
From the players’ side, it’s claimed that there is a ‘recognition’ that Salah is getting what he deserves. The group reportedly see their number 11 as the ‘main man’ within the team.
Salah leads Liverpool into new territory
Well then, there it is. The news that all Liverpool fans had been waiting for. Few would have been expecting Salah’s extension yesterday, but it will have put a smile on the face of every single Reds fan.
Having said that, there are of course some concerns that Liverpool’s fabled wage structure may now be in danger.
Salah’s new deal was always going to be the most expensive in the club’s history and so it has proven. Despite Klopp’s confidence, it’s reasonable to think that contract discussions with top players may now be slightly more difficult.
In both extending current players and bringing in new ones, the ceiling on what Liverpool can offer has been pushed higher.
Two sides of the coin
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though.
Liverpool are reportedly half-expecting to miss out on players like Jude Bellingham due to competition in salary offers. Now that The Reds have proven they can actually offer what other top clubs will, perhaps the reluctancy to match other bids will fall away.
Liverpool’s recruitment is generally excellent. In that respect it’s hard to see them paying up for someone who isn’t worth the wages.
That’s for another day, though. For now, it’s time to enjoy the fact that we’ll have at least another three years of the Egyptian King at Anfield.
Who knows just how many more records Mo will obliterate between now and 2025.
Importantly, Liverpool can head into the new season with any uncertainty around their talisman completely banished.