Mohamed Salah should “remember” that previous Liverpool greats have flopped after leaving Anfield, according to Jamie Carragher.
Salah is in the midst of an ongoing saga over his future at the club. His contract runs out at the end of next season, but he has yet to agree fresh terms.
The Egyptian has continually stressed in recent weeks that he wants to pen a new deal. However, the reported stumbling block is the fact that Liverpool’s owners would have to break their wage structure.
Salah has insisted on the contrary that “it’s not everything about the money”. Indeed, he has now put the onus on Fenway Sports Group (FSG) – Liverpool’s owners – to prove their ambition.
According to Carragher, though, Salah should soften his stance by looking at the fortunes of other star players who have left Liverpool during Klopp’s reign. Georginio Wijnaldum has struggled at Paris Saint-Germain, while Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona switch did not work out.
“They have got to focus on creating history in less than a couple of weeks,” Carragher told Sky Sports after the Reds’ win over Southampton on Tuesday.
“I don’t think it will be at the forefront of their mind. I think [Sadio] Mane will sign, Salah’s future is up in the air and [Roberto] Firmino may see his contract out. He may go for free at the end of next season.
“I think Salah should sign. He [Jurgen Klopp] has turned good players into great players and Salah is one of them.
“This suits him, Jurgen Klopp suits him, but I think he should remember about two or three players who left and thought the grass was greener and then look at what they are doing this season.”
Redknapp agrees with Carragher
Salah has played a key part in the six major trophies manager Klopp has won during his Liverpool tenure. However, the Reds have shown expert recruitment to continue their assembly line of top forwards.
With Salah turning 30 in June, 25-year-old pair Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are set to star at Anfield for the longer-term.
Nevertheless, Jamie Redknapp has insisted that defensive signings do not work that way. Virgil van Dijk is the current highest earner and Redknapp insisted that Salah should never be earning more than the Dutchman.
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.
“The players have the power,” the pundit said. “One thing I learned from being at this club is that they will reward you and look after you when you are doing well.
“But sometimes if we give him a big money… wouldn’t give anyone more money than Virgil van Dijk. He should be on the most.
“They will find another Mo Salah but you won’t find another Van Dijk. There will always be another great striker who comes to this club.”
Salah needs to stay focused
Salah has etched himself into Liverpool and Premier League folklore, particularly this season after reaching 100 Premier League goals and 100 league goals for the Reds.
He has shown fantastic consistency in front of goal and has hit the 30-goal mark for the second season running.
However, he now needs to focus on Liverpool’s last two games of the season.
The Reds could still win the quadruple by adding the Premier League and Champions League to their Carabao Cup and FA Cup triumphs this season.
Salah can further his calls for a lucrative new contract if he plays a starring role in the final two games of the campaign.