Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has claimed the current Reds squad will put aside their egos and unanimously back a deal for a “world class” star.
On paper, Liverpool arguably boast the Premier League’s strongest starting eleven. Jurgen Klopp’s side possess no weaknesses when playing with a full deck of cards, and with Mohamed Salah in the form of his life, Liverpool can beat anyone on their day.
Salah, 29, has been irresistible at times this season. The Egyptian forward has bagged nine goals in nine matches thus far and produced a moment of magic when plundering a spectacular solo goal against Manchester City last time out.
However, Salah is the last frontier when it comes to Liverpool tying their elite stars down to new contracts.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2023, and recent reports have suggested a £400-000-per-week contract may be required to pin him down.
That would constitute an £83.2m investment over four years, something Jamie Carragher believes owners FSG may baulk at.
Nonetheless, writing in his column for the Daily Mirror, former Liverpool striker Fowler stressed each and every Reds player will want Salah to sign. In Fowler’s words, he’d be “amazed” if “one single player” objects to Salah becoming Liverpool’s highest paid player by a wide margin.
“Mo Salah is, without question, world class,” wrote Fowler.
“And, in my opinion, there won’t be one dissenting voice in the Liverpool dressing room over the Egyptian being rewarded with a new contract that will make him the club’s highest earner.
“I’ll be amazed if there are no conversations about a new contract going on now. He will almost certainly believe he is worth a bit more than he is earning and, of course, be entitled to a pay rise.
“Judging by his performances right now you have to give him what he wants.
“I don’t think you will hear any Liverpool fans going against that. But, from a financial viewpoint, the club have got to look after things long term. So, of course, there is not going to be a quick agreement.
“The rest of us all want him to sign a new deal –and the sooner, the better.”
Liverpool stars singing from same hymn sheet – Fowler
Fowler continued: “Of course, there have been instances in dressing rooms in the past where some players have become upset over an individual earning more than the rest.
“But, in this instance, Liverpool must realise that Mo is now one of the best players in the world, whether they like it or not, and with everything that brings.
“Having been in numerous dressing rooms from a player’s point of view, I honestly don’t think there will be any problems with Mo becoming easily the best-paid player at Anfield.
“There will be no, ‘Oh he doesn’t deserve that because he is an average player’. No way.
“We are talking about one of the standout world players. I would be absolutely amazed if there is one single player in that Liverpool dressing room who is saying he doesn’t deserve a contract to match his world-class status.”