Liverpool goal poacher Mohamed Salah is requesting a whopping £500,000-a-week contract to extend his stay at Merseyside.
Egypt’s most valuable star has been at Liverpool for a solid four years with mouth-watering numbers to show for it, but his current deal with Liverpool is set to end in 2023. Now, the terrific 29-year-old is twisting the arms of his employer by demanding an eye-watering wage from the Anfield hierarchy.
The potential new deal Salah is demanding would be more than double of his existing £200,000 a week wages.
Judging by his numbers and how he has been a cog in the wheel of Liverpool in the last four years, it shouldn’t be mouth agape that he made such a mammoth demand.
With two years left on his current contract, Liverpool cannot afford to let Salah’s contract saga be elongated because some top clubs across Europe are lurking around hoping it breaks down for them to snatch the prolific goalscorer from them.
Clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are the prospective clubs nosing around to take the advantage.
The former Chelsea reject has been unstoppable since he joined Merseyside Reds from AS Roma in 2017. He was bought a record fee of £36.5 million, eclipsing the £35 million Liverpool spent to acquire Andy Carroll from fellow English side Newcastle United. Salah is the first Egyptian to play for Liverpool.
Salah has been breaking the net ever since he arrived at Liverpool. He scored on his debut against Watford but the game ended 3-3. From that point, he’s been hitting the back of the net consistently.
In the 2017/18 season, Salah was sensationally amazing, he went on to score 44 goals for the Kopites, the second-highest total of any player in Liverpool’s history. He was unanimously voted the PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year, and Premier League Player of the Year.
Salah also won the Premier League Golden Boot, his landmark tally of 32 goals breaking the record for a 38-game in a season.
Mo Salah is the second most prolific attacker Liverpool has ever produced in their history, having netted in 61.8% of his Liverpool matches, a little bit ahead of Uruguayan international Luis Suarez and only bettered by the South African international Gordon Hodgson, who scored in 63.9% of his 377 matches for Liverpool.
Salah has scored 126 goals for Liverpool in 4 seasons. According to reports, Salah earns £200,000 weekly on his current Liverpool contract but he’s said to be demanding an enormous raise, one that would make him earn more than double of what Virgil van Dijk, the Reds’ current highest earner.
According to the report, the former European footballer of the year is paid £220,000 a week, with Thiago also earning the same as Salah.
The report has shown that there has been no indication of an extension for Salah, despite Liverpool extending the contracts of a notable number of stars to new deals in recent weeks.
Captain Jordan Henderson extended his contract with Liverpool, a new four-year contract was agreed. Fellow teammates Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Alisson Becker were the players that committed their futures and elongated their sojourn by putting pen to paper with the Merseyside Reds.
Liverpool are keen to delve into negotiations with Salah and his representatives to reach an understandable comprise on his wage increment demands.
If Salah’s audacious request for a £500,000 a week wage is fulfilled, it would make him the Premier League’s top earner ahead of £480,000-a-week Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Liverpool hierarchy are uneasy with this current dilemma from Salah’s camp. The wage demand would reportedly disrupt the club’s wage structure, something they are not ready to alter any time soon.
As it stands, Salah may have no choice but to lower his £500,000-a-week demand to secure an extension. He’s undoubtedly a significant figure in Jurgen Klopp’s project since his arrival, having been a significant part of players who had participated in breaking the Liverpool jinx for their long-awaited hunger for the English Premier League title.
He also played a significant part in the successful run in the UCL. These significant achievements cannot be fully or better explained without weighing in Salah’s contributions.
However, it’s unlikely Liverpool will yield to such ridiculous demands, having rejected a new deal proposition for an outgone 30-year-old Georginio Wijnaldum due to his age. Salah and his entourage need to reach a reasonable consensus to get his contract situation resolved before the season reaches full gear.