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Pundit makes bold Liverpool finances claim as Mohamed Salah contract talks take worrying twist

Mohamed Salah in action for Liverpool in the Champions League at the Wanda Metropolitano

Liverpool are being backed to secure Mohamed Salah to a new contract at Anfield, despite some worrying new claims emerging over the Egyptian’s demands.

The Egyptian has become the central figure at Anfield this season, but not only for his form. While he may have scored 15 goals in 12 games, such a tally has made his contract situation more pressing.

Indeed, Salah will enter the final year of his current terms this summer. What’s more, the 29-year-old is yet to follow suit with a new deal unlike several team-mates.

As for Salah’s situation, his salary has proved the sticking point for Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners. FSG want to reward the forward, but are wary of a drop-off in form in his thirties.

Given how shrewd FSG have been, they fear a lack of return from such a sizeable commitment.

However, TEAMtalk has learned that, on the contrary to some reports, Salah and his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, are not asking for £500,000 per week.

Indeed, the Reds reportedly plan to reward the player with a huge ‘signing-on’ fee as a reward for his exceptional form.

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However they get it done, Alex McLeish is adamant Liverpool will find a way to get Salah to commit.

“Liverpool can make fortunes. Such is the day in modern-day football and the Premier League, it’s the richest league in the world,” the former Aston Villa boss told Football Insider.

“They can no doubt cover those wages with the revenue they take in.

“I think that it should be a formality.”

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Salah demands ‘could divide Liverpool dressing room’

Whatever salary he ends up pocketing, Salah’s wages are likely to make him Liverpool’s highest earner in history.

With reports his wages will likely be anything from £300,000 a week north, Frank McAvennie feels his demands could divide the Reds dressing room.

While some of them may feel Salah is worth it, McAvennie states that his wish to earn a bumper pay-rise could create a toxic situation.

“That’s an insane amount of money,” McAvennie, also speaking to Football Insider, said.

“But Salah can demand that. Both parties have to be really careful.

“If the club don’t pay and Salah leaves, there will be carnage. Even if Salah’s demands are too much, the fans will blame the club.

“My question is, can anyone else afford to pay Salah that much?

“Real Madrid and Barcelona can’t and I don’t think Liverpool would sell to a domestic rival.

“The one thing we don’t want to happen is for this to turn toxic. I hope the club and Salah can reach a compromise.

“I know football has changed but that is so much money. If my teammates was asking for that much I would be fuming.

“I imagine some of Salah’s teammates are too.

“They will be thinking ‘just focus on the football mate’.”

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