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Salah reveals what keeps him motivated while contract debacle rumbles on

James Holland
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Liverpool talisman Mo Salah has spoken to reporters about the club’s start to the season, amid rumblings over his new contract.

The Egyptian’s current terms expire in June 2023. Liverpool are desperate for him to sign an extension to ward off interest from Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

They also want him to follow in the footsteps of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson by penning a new deal.

But negotiations between Liverpool and Salah’s entourage are progressing slowly. There have been rumours that the forward wants £500,000 per week, to reward his status as one of the Premier League’s top players.

The Reds are unwilling to meet that salary as they do not want to break their wage structure. This is one of the reasons why Salah’s future on Merseyside is far from certain.

The 29-year-old is expected to start in this Saturday’s match against Watford. It will mark the start of Claudio Ranieri’s reign at Vicarage Road.

Ahead of the game, Salah revealed what keeps him in good spirits and motivated for Liverpool.

“I’m happy as long as the team keep winning,” he said. “I’m trying to help always, to score goals and make the team win games – that’s the most important (thing).

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“We have to give our best always to win something and I think we have the quality for that.

“We have a top team, so we have to push ourselves to the limit and try to win something. I’m sure everybody thinks the same.

“That’s what we need, just to keep in our head that we finish the season winning something.”

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The player has notched six league goals already this term. His ratio in all competitions stands at nine strikes from as many games.

He will be looking to win the league’s Golden Boot award this season after falling behind Harry Kane in 2020-21.

Rush urges Liverpool to finalise contract

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has given his verdict on Salah’s contract debacle.

During an interview with Liverpool Echo, the 59-year-old said: “At the end of the day, every club in the world would want Mo Salah.

“I know that he would love to stay at Liverpool. There aren’t any supporters who will love Mo Salah more than Liverpool supporters, there’s no doubt about that.

“It’s a difficult situation. I know Jurgen Klopp loves him and all that, so you’ve just got to wait and see. But if you’re Mo Salah, you just carry on scoring goals.

“I know how the structure works with Liverpool. So I think hopefully everything is in agreement and both parties are happy.

“People talk about legends in the game, Mo Salah is one already. He was the fastest to 100 goals.

“But I want Mo Salah to be remembered for someone like myself, Steven Gerrard, Kenny Dalglish. Someone who has been at the club a long time.”

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