Ian Rush has detailed how he convinced Mohamed Salah to sign a new Liverpool contract and end months of speculation over his future.
Salah’s future became a hot topic at Anfield at the start of last season. Following standout form and a flurry of goals, he was approaching the final year of his deal without any resolution.
And with the talks dragging on into the first month of the current transfer window, the exit speculation heightened.
From Salah‘s point of view, he had regularly insisted that he wanted to sign a new contract. Liverpool subsequently got the talks over the line, announcing the new deal on Friday.
The Egypt star is now staying until at least the summer of 2025. With 156 goals in 254 games under his belt, Salah is chasing down Liverpool legend Rush’s all-time Liverpool record of 346 goals.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Rush backed the 30-year-old – who is showing no signs of slowing down – to break that record.
“It’s great holding records and all that, but I’ve always said records are there to be broken,” Rush said. “So I’ve actually said to Mo: ‘Go and see if you can break my record now!’
“I think it is fantastic news and if he does [break the record]. I’ll be the first to congratulate him, but more importantly the first thing is to become a true Liverpool legend. That means being at the club for seven to 10 years.
“It is great that something is finally sorted out and I am made up. It is something all Liverpool supporters wanted to see and now he is staying, I think it is going to be a great three years hopefully for Mo.
“I look at Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United who keeps himself super fit and Mo, who is a lot younger than him, is doing exactly that too. He is keeping himself fit and he is determined to stay at that level he is at.”
Rush gave Salah Liverpool warning
Rush amassed his Liverpool record of goals in two spells at the club. However, he revealed that he admitted to Salah that leaving for Juventus in between is a career regret.
He added that Salah would be unlikely to get the chance to return like he did if he left Anfield.
“I left for Juventus and I realised the grass wasn’t always greener on the other side and I was one of the fortunate ones to get the chance to come back,”Rush said.
“When I came back I had no hesitation as I realised how special this football club is.
“At Mo’s age, if he did leave the club, there would be no coming back. So when I spoke to both Mo and Ramy [Abbas, Salah’s agent], I said if they get the chance to, then sign! The fans love him and now he is here for another three years at least.”
Great news for Reds fans
The speculation over Salah’s Liverpool contract went further than just the fact that Liverpool would miss his goals.
There were concerns over the Reds breaking their wage structure for him. What’s more, discussions arose about whether Salah would slow down as he got further into his thirties.
However, Salah keeps himself in top shape and is showing no signs of easing up.
He has finished as the club’s top scorer in each of his five seasons at Anfield.
Fans can surely therefore look to Salah coming back for the new season full of energy and ready to go again.