The former England striker has a warning for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The 35-year-old has stated that it would be a huge risk for the Merseyside giants to break their stringent wage structure for their star forward, which could affect the harmony in the squad.
Mohamed Salah’s current deal at Anfield expires in the summer of 2023 and negotiations for a new deal have so far been complicated.
“I think there’s going to be big problems at Liverpool because I’m hearing Salah is close to signing a very big contract of £400,000-a-week. The problem with that and the reason that Liverpool are scared to give him that is because Mane will want similar, van Dijk will want to renegotiate because he’s just signed a new contract.”“When you go over the wage cap at a club, the doors will open and other players are going to want increases. If Salah gets £400,000-a-week, then Mane will want £350,000-a-week. Liverpool are probably thinking, ‘Can we give him that when we’ve got Diaz who is coming in as a good player?'”
However, the former England international believes that Salah wants to be paid ‘what he deserves’ and the ‘wage cap’ is not his ‘problem’. The 35-year-old added:
“It’s going to be very interesting and very expensive for Liverpool. It’s definitely a big problem. But if I’m Mo Salah, I’m asking for what I deserve. He will not even be close to what Neymar’s earning, what Lionel Messi’s earning and what Kylian Mbappe will be earning and he’s on par with them at the moment.”“He will want to be paid what he deserves. He’s the top goalscorer in the Premier League, the best player in the Premier League.”
Liverpool will certainly have a headache to deal with if they offer Salah the deal he is looking for
Over the years, the Merseysiders have maintained a resolute wage structure under the ownership of Fenway Sports Group. However, several of their top players are currently among the best in the world at the moment, including Mohamed Salah.
It is no wonder that Salah wants a deal that reflects his stature in world football. The Merseyside giants must assess the situation carefully to ensure that Salah being rewarded with new terms does not other players in the squad.