Jamie Carragher says that Liverpool must reward Mohamed Salah with a new contract because he is the best player in Europe at the moment.
The Egyptian recently became the club’s fastest-ever player to 100 league goals, beating the late Roger Hunt. Indeed, he has started this season with a blistering nine goals in nine games.
However, Salah kept that record up on Sunday with one of his most memorable goals against Manchester City.
He had struggled to affect the first half of the eventual 2-2 draw, but he came alive when his team-mates did in the second half. The 29-year-old beat several City players with skill before finishing with his weaker right foot from a tight angle.
But contractual uncertainty continues to linger over Salah’s future. While several Liverpool stars have committed their futures, he has not. A report has claimed that a Man City player has a role in Salah’s thinking over his contract.
“I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world or in Europe at the moment,” the pundit said. “His record at the start of this season has been absolutely outstanding.
“You can never really question him for what he’s done at Liverpool – if at all – but right now is as probably as sharp and as good as I’ve ever seen him.
“His finish was world-class and he is world-class.”
Carragher insisted that there is “absolutely no doubt” that Salah fits in on the right of Liverpool’s greatest team.
However, he pointed out in his latest newspaper column the financial conundrum that the Reds’ Fenway Sports Group owners (FSG) face over his future.
Nevertheless, Carragher added that Liverpool must tie their star man down to a new deal.
Liverpool must secure Salah future
“I know the situation Liverpool are in. They don’t have the finances of Manchester City when you think of the wages they give out. But right now, Salah is playing as well as anyone in European football,” the pundit added.
“Liverpool cannot afford to let his contract situation drag on, with the threat they could lose him in the next two years.
“This is a guy who really looks after himself, and you can see that when he takes his top off when he scores a goal.
“I’m not saying he’s going to be like Cristiano Ronaldo when he’s 35 or 36, still topping the goalscoring charts, but I think this lad’s got a lot in him as he goes into his 30s.
“It’s imperative that at his peak he’s still scoring goals in the red shirt of Liverpool.”
Liverpool return from the international break to face Watford at Vicarage Road.