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mo-go? Liverpool need one final push to keep Mohamed Salah - but he may leave this summer

The word coming out from the Salah camp this week suggests they will not be signing a new contract with Liverpool unless a vastly improved offer comes their way.

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Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Jordan Henderson after scoring their team's second goal from the penalty against Brighton. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Jordan Henderson after scoring their team's second goal from the penalty against Brighton. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Jordan Henderson after scoring their team's second goal from the penalty against Brighton. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

There has to be a danger that Mohamed Salah will leave Liverpool this summer if he doesn't sign a new contract in the next few weeks.

I didn't think I would be writing those words a few months back, as all the vibes coming out of the club suggested Salah wanted to stay and there was an appetite to find an agreement over a new contract.

Yet as the weeks and months have passed and no announcement over a new deal was forthcoming, it is becoming clear that Salah and his agent are asking for wages Liverpool's owners won't sanction.

The word coming out from the Salah camp this week suggests they will not be signing a new contract with Liverpool unless a vastly improved offer comes their way.

With Salah's current contract due to expire in the summer of 2023, Liverpool cannot allow him to run his deal down and leave on a free transfer.

They made that mistake with Gini Wijnaldum when he joined Paris Saint-Germain last summer,

But Salah is far too valuable to lose for nothing and it wouldn't surprise me if he has already had his head turned with a big offer from Real Madrid, Barcelona or PSG.

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Mohamed Salah (left) is out of contract in 2023 (Peter Byrne/PA)

Mohamed Salah (left) is out of contract in 2023 (Peter Byrne/PA)

Mohamed Salah (left) is out of contract in 2023 (Peter Byrne/PA)

To his credit, Salah is not allowing his performances to slip and he became the first Premier League player to go through the 20-goal barrier for this season with his penalty in the 2-0 win against Brighton yesterday.

Even though he wasn't at his best, the opposition are terrified of what Salah can do and his departure would leave a huge hole in this Liverpool side.

So if Salah is in the final few weeks of his time at Anfield, the moves already need to be underway to find replacements and one signing might not be enough.

You can forget about Liverpool trying to sign Kylian Mbappé or Erling Haaland this summer because if they can't afford Salah's wages, they certainly couldn't put together a financial package to sign either of the most wanted men in football.

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Yet the fans will not be happy if Liverpool sell Salah and don't make some statement signings, with Luis Diaz's arrival in January looking increasingly like a move inspired by the possible departure of Salah.

As a fan of Liverpool, I can't understand why Salah would consider leaving Liverpool because in pure football terms, there is nowhere better in world football to be playing right now.

He is working under the best manager in the game in Jurgen Klopp, is part of a team that is playing some fantastic football and is challenging for all the biggest trophies in the game.

Personally, I would give anything to play in this fantastic team, but modern players don't have the kind of loyalty that was the norm in my time as a player.

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Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 from the penalty spot (Nick Potts/PA)

Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 from the penalty spot (Nick Potts/PA)

Mohamed Salah made it 2-0 from the penalty spot (Nick Potts/PA)

Salah might not care whether he goes down in history as one of Liverpool's all-time greats, with the money he could get from a move to Spain or Paris more appealing and that's how the game works now.

The situation at Chelsea over the last few days has highlighted how quickly a club backed by a sugar-daddy owner can fall apart and we should have no sympathy for them.

While I feel sorry for people who may be looking at their jobs at Chelsea, their owner Roman Abramovich provided the blueprint for buying success in football with dodgy money and that inspired the owners and Man City, Paris Saint-Germain and possibly Newcastle to follow his lead.

Now Chelsea's world has collapsed around them and that's the risk you take when you go all in with an owner who has a dubious background like Abramovich.

So even though Liverpool fans will be fuming if Liverpool's owners at the Fenway Sports Group refuse to give Salah what he wants in his contract talks, the alternative is being run by owners who are playing fantasy football and trying to buy success.

I've always viewed that approach as ugly and the Premier League officials should be down on their hands and knees thanking Liverpool for keeping their brand alive in recent years.

Abramovich and the Man City owners have done their best to work around Financial Fair Play rules in a bid to blow all the opposition away, but Klopp has produced miracles with his team and kept the title race alive this season.

Yesterday's win keeps Liverpool in contention to win the title with ten games left to play and while Manchester City are still favourites, Klopp will be sniffing what would be a remarkable title win.

City have everything in their favour, including some very suspicious refereeing as Everton were denied a clear penalty in their game against Pep Guardiola's side earlier this month.

Yet they can't shake Liverpool off their tail and if it comes down to the match between City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium next month, it will be Guardiola's side feeling the pressure.

Liverpool were not at their best again at Brighton yesterday, but they keep winning and so long as they are within three points of City, this title race is very much alive.

Brighton have given the top sides in the Premier League trouble this season and they drew 2-2 at Anfield after turning in an impressive performance in October.

So this game had the potential to be a banana skin for Liverpool, but this team are finding ways to win matches again and that's why it would be such a shame if Salah is taken out of the cast list.

You would like to think the club will make a fresh offer to Salah and his agent in the coming weeks, but they will have to consider cashing in on their best player if we get to this summer and no agreement is in place.

This is the reality for clubs trying to operate on realistic budgets that are relative to their income and that's what the owners of Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG don't have to do.

Abramovich and his type have unbalanced the playing field in our great game and Liverpool could pay a price for these crazy wages on offer if Salah flees their nest this summer.

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