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Jamie Carragher says Liverpool had to ‘bend’ rules, as Mo Salah contract details emerge

Mohamed Salah with a Champions League runners up medal

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool had to “bend” the rules to get Mohamed Salah to sign a new contract, worth a reported £62.4m.

An 18-month impasse ended on Friday when the club announced Salah’s new three-year deal via a series of videos with the striker. The Egypt forward recently confirmed he would stay at Anfield for next season, but there were fears he would walk away for free next summer.

Now after Salah’s representatives and the Liverpool hierarchy have been locked in talks for months a new three-year deal has been ratified.

Even Salah’s 156 goals in 254 games had Liverpool reluctant to smash their wage structure.

But, according to Football Insider, the new deal is worth £400,000-a-week and, in wages alone. That will cost the club £62.4m, with other add-ons also likely.

Salah and his representatives had initially been holding out for £500,000-a-week over four years. So a compromise was eventually found which will make Salah the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

The departures of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich, Takumi Minamino to Monaco and Divock Origi to AC Milan has loosened the purse strings ta Anfield. And Carragher believes ultimately signing Salah was the right move.

“I think a lot of Liverpool fans over the last few months were almost resigned to the fact Salah might see out the last 12 months of his contract and then move on,” Carragher said on Sky Sports. “They almost had to accept that maybe the club were not prepared to go to the numbers he wanted or felt he deserved because maybe his age and the wage structure.

Salah contract about ‘money’

“I think the fact Divock Origi and Sadio Mane have moved on means maybe they’ve been able to get closer to the numbers Salah wanted. I think everyone is just delighted that he’s signed. And fingers crossed he can produce over the next three years what he’s done in the first five years and I’m sure he can.

“It’ll be money and there’s nothing wrong with that. Salah has been as good as anybody in the Premier League or in European football over the last five years. He’ll feel he deserves to be paid as well as those. And we know the types of numbers certain players get at other clubs.

“Liverpool have never really gone to that level in terms of numbers, certainly under FSG. They have a way and a model. And I think a lot of Liverpool fans respect that because it’s brought so much success.

“I don’t think there would have been too much criticism if Salah did leave. But I think every now and then when you have someone as special as him. The rules you have in place you have to certainly bend them.”

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