Liverpool have been given one vital warning why they must tie Mohamed Salah down after reports emerged that he is sticking to his contract demands.
Salah is said to be asking for £400,000 in weekly wages to sign another contract on Merseyside. That figure would make him the highest earner in the Premier League and well within the top 10 of the world.
Anfield chiefs don’t want to go that high. It is a staggering amount of money for a club of their financial stature, but also one that Salah warrants.
The Egyptian King is one of the best in the game right now. And as such, The Mirror claim he is ‘refusing to budge’ on his valuation of himself.
Experienced journalist Darren Lewis believes that if Liverpool don’t choose to agree with their star man, he will come to haunt them for many years to come due to his excellent conditioning.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, he said: “I think they’re under pressure anyway because they can’t possibly allow a player like Salah [to leave].
“Not just at the peak of his powers, you look at his finishing we see it on a week-to-week basis we know all about just how outstanding he is in front of goal, but also you look at the way he looks after himself as well.
“He’s 29 years of age. You look around Europe, you see Lewandowski who’s a few years older still banging in the goals.
“Ronaldo looks after himself, he’s several years older still banging in the goals.
Salah doesn’t want anything crazy from Liverpool
Liverpool have been told by Salah that he doesn’t want crazy stuff to stay at Anfield
“You could see Salah remaining at the peak of his powers for quite some time to come. They cannot afford to take that risk because Salah will continue to score goals.
“He’ll continue to have a huge impact on big teams and Liverpool surely cannot afford to let that happen.
“The final thing is, if you do let him go where is the next big thing to replace him?”
Pundit offers Salah solution
One pundit believes he has the answer to that question, because they’ve tipped Jarrod Bowen to have a similar trajectory to Diogo Jota if they bring him in.
West Ham star Bowen is supposedly a key target. In fact, Liverpool scouted the 25-year-old on Wednesday as he netted both goals in the Hammers’ 2-0 win over Norwich.
Reports have claimed that West Ham do not want to lose him, but that he will cost up to £60million if they do.
Nevertheless, Bowen would reportedly be open to moving to Liverpool if the two clubs can agree a deal. And Kevin Phillips believes the Reds can improve Bowen like they have improved Jota…