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Pundit claims Salah contract situation threatening to seriously harm FSG, Liverpool transfer reputation

Mo Salah Liverpool FWA presentation

Liverpool cannot let Mohamed Salah leave as a free agent and must resolve his future one way or the other this summer, Jamie O’Hara has said.

The Egyptian’s contract has proved one of the biggest sagas of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure as Anfield boss. His situation became a centre-stage issue at the start of last season, when he had two years left to run.

But as he progressed through another 30-plus goal campaign and nearer to his final year, no concrete updates emerged. And the situation is still the same in the heat of the summer transfer window.

Liverpool have already let Salah’s long-term strike partner Sadio Mane go. The Senegal star has signed for Bayern Munich, with the Reds pocketing £35million with Mane also entering his contract’s final year.

Former Tottenham star O’Hara has subsequently called on Liverpool to make a similar decision over Mane.

Indeed, he warned that Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group (FSG) owners are risking their solid business reputation amid reports that the club would accept £60milion for Salah this summer.

“Now they recouped their money with Mane – good bit of business,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.

“He’d been at the football club, wanted to go in the end for whatever reasons, which will come out but I’m sure it was down to money.

“Now Salah could go on a free – that is unacceptable. Liverpool have set the benchmark for how to do business as a football club and they’ve done it brilliantly.

“But they’ve got to get this sorted out because Mo Salah cannot leave that football club on a free.”

Liverpool need to act over Salah

Mohamed Salah with a Champions League runners up medal

Salah’s future is a different dilemma to Mane’s situation. The winger wants to stay and sign a new contract, but he and his agent cannot agree with the club.

Robbie Fowler recently made a solid observation, claiming Liverpool could feel worried that the winger has peaked and so is not worthy of them breaking their wage structure for.

In that sense, Liverpool would be wise to try to sell him and bring in a new forward. Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry has had recent links with a move to Anfield and he could yet be attainable.

Selling 30-year-old Salah for £60million and signing 26-year-old Gnabry for likely a less amount would look more like typical FSG business – if Fowler’s assumption is correct and Liverpool have concerns.

Liverpool must remember Salah truth as contract saga rumbles on

Liverpool must remember Salah truth as contract saga rumbles on

Liverpool must remember that no player is bigger than the club, even amid the clamour for Mohamed Salah to sign a new contract.

On the flipside, there is the question of who would be able to buy Salah in the current transfer window. Barcelona look like viable suitors amid their Raphinha troubles, but Salah has insisted he is staying put next season anyway.

There is still the chance of an agreement and keeping a player who is a perfect fit within Klopp’s ranks – and who has been arguably the ultimate driving force in Liverpool’s success.

It is a difficult situation for Liverpool and one that has risks whatever decision they end up making.