WRITTEN BYANDREW STEEL
Mohamed Salah has said that he would love to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career, but added that his future is out of his hands.
The Egyptian international, possibly in the form of his career for Jurgen Klopp, will see his current contract expire at Anfield in June 2023, and has yet to sign an extension.
But as the Reds continue to mull over a possible package for the forward, Salah has now put the ball in his court by stating that he cannot see himself playing the club in the future.
What has been said?
“If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can’t say much about that, it’s not in my hands,” the forward told Sky Sports News.
“It depends on what the club wants, not on me. At the moment I don’t see myself playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.”
“It’s difficult, I don’t want to talk about it, but it would make me very sad. At the moment I don’t see myself playing against Liverpool, but let’s see what happens in the future.”
The opinion of the correspondent
Goal’s Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones reacted to Salah’s interview and said the pressure is now on the club’s owners to keep the Egyptian.
Then it’s up to you, Fenway Sports Group. Mohamed Salah has just ensured that the pressure on Liverpool owners will increase in the days and months to come.
That’s right. “Sign up” has been the message from fans for weeks as Salah’s contract with Anfield approaches its final 18 months. Now the man himself has put the ball firmly on the club’s court.
We know the Egyptian wants a deal that will make him the highest paid player in Liverpool history, but with every masterful performance he makes, every magnificent goal he scores, the argument grows stronger.
He give him what he wants or risk losing one of the best players in the club. Salah’s form this season is as good as ever.
He has now publicly stated that he wants to stay in Merseyside, and while Liverpool are understandably cautious about breaking his salary structure, his influence on Jurgen Klopp’s team, his status in the game and the potential cost of replacing the 29-year-old, all must be taken into account in any decision.
In short, can Liverpool afford NOT to give their star a new deal? Special players demand special treatment, and Mohamed Salah is certainly one of them.
The time to act is now.
The largest photograph
Salah will look to rise once again when he leads Liverpool’s attack on Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Egypt star has scored 12 goals in 11 games so far this season, scoring in all but one of his eight Premier League games in 2021-22.