Paying Mo Salah £ 2million a month may sound ridiculous, but Liverpool must bite the bullet
A handful of players in world football earn the right to be treated differently from others – and Mohamed Salah is undoubtedly one of them.
This goal in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City last Sunday was the work of a genius and no doubt confirmed that Salah is one of the greatest modern players in football.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been the two best players in the game for a decade and more, but they now have a rival for that title at Salah.
In my eyes, no one is playing better than the leader Liverpool right now – and that’s why club owners need to bite the bullet and make sure they don’t allow him to slip through their fingers.
Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and their leader John W Henry have led Liverpool with strict financial guidelines since taking over the club and thanks to manager Jurgen Klopp (inset) they have overseen a period of trophy-winning success without investing a lot of money in transfers.
Liverpool’s net transfer market spending is still in the hundreds of millions behind both clubs Manchester and Chelsea, but Klopp’s brilliance keeps them in the trophy mix, and they’re still there this season after a start. encouraging of the Premier League season.
Yet the big cloud that hangs over Liverpool in recent weeks has been what happens next with Salah as he has yet to put pen to paper on a new contract.
His current contract expires in the summer of 2023 and, quite simply, FSG cannot allow him to have a year left because he could then cancel his contract and leave for nothing.
There are suggestions that his agent wants a new four-year contract worth £ 500,000 a week and, while that might sound like crazy money, the cost of Salah’s exit would be more damaging to him. Liverpool than to give him that kind of deal.
He might be 29, but you can see how fit he is when he rips his shirt off after scoring a goal and the footballers are no longer over the hill when they celebrate their 30th birthday these days.
Look at the impact Ronaldo had at Manchester United at the age of 36 and while we can’t predict if Salah will still be at that level when he reaches that age, he certainly deserves a huge contract right now because that he is. of the best players in the world.
You just have to pay the going rate to keep a player of their quality, and while paying £ 2million a month might sound silly, that’s where the game is now.
If Liverpool don’t give that to Salah, he’ll go to Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain, although the player would ideally prefer to stay at Anfield.
In this scenario, FSG would be looking to fund a huge signing to replace Salah and would likely end up paying more if he got into a bidding war to sign Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe.
A four-year contract worth around £ 24million a year to Salah could shatter their current salary structure, but he’s a player who would still have sale value at the end of this deal and he could be the best for all parties if he were to pass at the age of 33 or 34.
I’m with Jamie Carragher when he says Salah is now one of the best players to ever play for Liverpool – and that’s a statement when you consider the greats who have worn that red jersey.
My great hero Roger Hunt passed away last week and he would step into my Liverpool XI of all time, with Salah deserving his place by his side which is the ultimate compliment I could give him.
The current Liverpool star has the trophies to back up his scoring record and if he were to stay at Liverpool for at least another three or four years, he could be close to joining Hunt and Ian Rush as top scorers club of all time.
What he has shown in the first few weeks of the season banishes the idea that Salah has lost his advantage and he has certainly silenced me with his performances this season.
Regular readers of my Sunday World column will know that I was wondering if Salah’s heart was still in Liverpool when he horribly lost his footing last season.
He looked lethargic at times when the club went through their horrific slump in early 2021, but he’s got that fire in his stomach now and I can’t believe he wants to play anywhere else.
The Premier League is the only place to be, with the Spanish and Italian leagues on a downward curve as they struggle to deal with the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
So the FSG needs to nip this in the bud, sit down with Salah’s agent, ignore any animosity there might be because of some of the tweets he has sent over the years and get this contract signed. .
We saw what happened with Manchester United fans when they turned on the Glazer family and it got really ugly at times.
Well, Liverpool fans will turn bananas if Salah is allowed to leave, simply because Liverpool would not pay him what he is worth in the current football market.
We often hear about the Liverpool salary structure and how they like to keep things under control, but no one in Klopp’s dressing room would object to Salah having a big touch.
I love that Liverpool have won the Champions League and Premier League in recent years without the monopoly money provided by owners Manchester City and Chelsea.
Still, the time has come for Liverpool to join the money madness as Salah is a very special player and must be paid accordingly.
A club of Liverpool’s stature must be in the mix to sign and keep players of this magnitude and, if they are to be serious contenders for big trophies, they must give Salah the contract that suits his status in the game. .
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