There is no jealousy amongst the Liverpool squad around Mohamed Salah signing a bumper new contract last week.
That’s according to The Athletic. They claim that although Salah could earn up to £400k-a-week at Liverpool, his teammates feel he ‘deserves every penny.’
As a result, there’s reportedly not expected to be any unrest from other ‘senior players’ at the club.
Salah earning his full £400k-a-week will reportedly be dependent on performance related bonuses. It’s claimed that these relate to ‘lofty’ targets for goals and assists, which Salah clearly backs himself to hit.
Two players who could ask for more
One of the key hesitations around Liverpool offering Salah a new deal was how it would affect the club’s wage structure.
Despite assertions that Liverpool player’s are currently happy with the situation, that could still change.
In a way, it’s lucky for Liverpool that they already tied up two players who could feasibly asked for similar pay last summer.
Both Alisson Becker and Virgil Van Dijk could reasonably claim to be as influential to Liverpool as Salah. Yes, Mo gets the goals, but Alisson and Van Dijk prevent them going in at the other end.
The two players have been transformative during their time at Anfield so far. Both could pitch a strong argument that they are actually just as, if not more, important that their attacking teammate.
Good news then, that Liverpool have Alisson and Virgil committed until 2027 and 2025 respectively.
Liverpool tie-up key men for years to come
Those new contracts were obviously signed before news emerged of the huge figures involved in Salah’s deal. But there must have been some awareness that wages of this size would potentially be on offer to their colleague.
That the two players, as well as Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold, were happy with their lot at Anfield speaks to the harmony in the team.
All of that quartet could potentially earn bigger wages elsewhere, but they’re clearly happy to spend their best years at Liverpool.
Hopefully Salah can continue to do what he has been doing for the last five years, and the harmony off the pitch continues in the same vein, too.