Liverpool fans can breathe a sigh of relief after the club confirmed Mohamed Salah has signed a record-breaking contract that will keep him at Anfield until 2025.
An 18-month impasse had threatened to see Liverpool’s most potent attacking force leave in acrimonious circumstances. Salah’s representatives and Liverpool’s negotiators had been locked in talks with the club seemingly unwilling to smash their wage structure for any player – even one as influential as Salah.
A similar story recently resulted in the exit of Sadio Mane. With just 12 months remaining on Salah’s deal, there were very real fears he may not be part of Liverpool’s long-term plans.
However, Liverpool and Salah have finally reached an agreement that will extend his stay on Merseyside to 2025.
Salah on contract extension
The news was confirmed via Liverpool’s official website, with Salah quoted as saying: “I feel great and [I am] excited to win trophies with the club. It’s a happy day for everyone.
“It takes a little bit of time, I think, to renew, but now everything is done so we just need to focus on what’s next.
“I think you can see in the last five or six years the team was always going [upwards]. Last season we were close to winning four, but unfortunately in the last week of the season we lost two trophies.
“I think we are in a good position to fight for everything. We have new signings as well. We just need to keep working hard, have a good vision, be positive and go for everything again.”
Salah added: “My message [to the fans] is the players in the team want to give our best next season to try to win all the trophies.
“As usual, you stay behind us and give us a big push and I am sure we are going to win trophies again [together].”
Salah sets new Liverpool record
The Telegraph added detail to the contract breakthrough, claiming Salah will earn upwards of £350,000-a-week. That makes the 30-year-old the highest paid player in Liverpool’s history.
While not confirmed, the Telegraph hinted Mane’s exit was likely a factor in Liverpool softening their stance over Salah. Losing their two most deadly attackers within 12 months would’ve been unthinkable for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The news brings to an end months of speculation that included numerous cryptic tweets from Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa.
The agent has often taken aim at Liverpool for their approach to negotiations. Upon confirmation of the news breaking, Liverpool fired a shot back.
Issa had tweeted a laughing face emoji earlier on Friday afternoon. Liverpool’s official Twitter account responded with a facepalm emoji.
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Salah deal a huge moment for Liverpool
Eyebrows may be raised at just a two-year extension onto Salah’s pre-existing deal. However, the winger will be 33 upon the new deal’s expiry, meaning owners have FSG will have hoovered up the prime years of Salah’s career.
Mane will undoubtedly be missed, but Salah’s departure would’ve been a bigger blow.
Liverpool already had a direct replacement for Mane on the books in the form of Luis Diaz. Replacing the left-footed Salah – who has consistently outscored Mane season after season – would’ve been a more difficult and costlier task.
With Salah’s future now confirmed, Liverpool can rest assured their attack will remain potent for at least another three years.