Liverpool feel they have “gone as far as they can” when it comes to their offer to renew the contract of Mohamed Salah, according to a report.
Salah is about to enter the final year of his contract with Liverpool. He has confirmed he wants to stay at the club for the 2022-23 season at least. Their hopes of having him around for longer hinge on what they can offer him in a new deal.
Liverpool have already sanctioned the sale of one of his fellow attackers, Sadio Mane. The Senegal international was in the same boat regarding his contract, so the club opted to sell rather than break their wage structure for a new deal or let him run down the old one.
Their stance with Salah will not be exactly the same. As stated, the Egyptian wants to remain a member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad for another 12 months.
But their chances of having him extend his stay further are in increasing doubt. According to the Mirror, they are now bracing themselves to lose Salah on a free transfer in June 2023.
The report claims Liverpool have “gone as far as they can” without breaking their wage structure. Salah would be seeking a salary worth £400,000 per week, which his employers will not agree to.
Hence, the Reds are expecting to lose Salah for nothing after one final season with the club. There is no feeling at present that he will make a compromise.
They are still expecting his final flourish to be a good one, though. As the Mirror add, Liverpool have no fears of Salah dropping his standards while still representing them. After all, this is a player who has scored more than 30 goals in each of the past two seasons.
What’s more, he is still on very good terms with manager Jurgen Klopp and has conducted himself well during renewal talks, despite the lack of agreement.
Therefore, hopes are high that Salah’s sixth – and possibly – final season with Liverpool will be just as good as the first five.
Onus on Salah to perform next season
It will now be up to Salah to justify Liverpool’s faith that he will maintain his standards.
Of course, there is every reason to believe he will. However, it would not be a good look if he declines before leaving for free.
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By performing at a high standard, though, Salah can benefit both Liverpool and himself, in terms of his own chances of attracting other top clubs.
Perhaps it will also be a chance to remind Liverpool what they would be missing if they let him go.
Therefore, it will be intriguing to see how the 30-year-old does in the months ahead.