Mohamed Salah has given the clearest indication of where his future lies yet by revealing he wants to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career if possible.
Salah’s contractual situation has become a priority issue for Liverpool. The Egypt international is on a deal until 2023. Given his current form, he is in line for an extension, although it would be on huge financial terms.
Liverpool are having to weigh up the costs of such a commitment, but while Salah’s strong run of form continues, keeping him seems like a no brainer.
He has 12 goals and four assists from just 11 appearances so far this season, after providing 31 and six respectively from 51 outings last term.
Salah has established himself as a modern-day great for Liverpool, who would therefore be anxious about the risk of losing him. But he has now reassured them that he sees his future in a red shirt – even if the situation is beyond his control.
Salah told Sky Sports: “If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can’t say much about that – it’s not in my hands.
“It depends on what the club want, not on me.
“At the moment I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad. It’s hard, I don’t want to talk about it, but it would make me really sad.
“At the moment I don’t see myself playing against Liverpool but let’s see what will happen in the future.”
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Salah has been a Liverpool player since 2017, when they signed him from Roma. Prior to that, he had endured an underwhelming experience in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Ever since his return to English football, though, Salah has been on a mission. Now firmly established as a player of the highest quality, some have even labelled him the best in the world recently.
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It is a debate that has divided coaches and pundits, but Salah has given his own balanced take on the judgements.
He said: “It sounds great to me but I think it’s always opinion. I can’t say I’m the best player in the world – some people agree, some people not.
“I’m just happy about my performance at the moment, but I would always say it’s opinion.
“It’s always the ambition to be the best player in the world. I don’t have to lie. It’s something that drives me to work really hard and just try to be the best version of myself.
“In my head, I’m the best player all the time. I’m trying to have that confidence in my head. It doesn’t matter if some people agree with you, some people not.”