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why leave? Jason McAteer asks pressing question of Mohamed Salah amid contract stand-off

McAteer expects Salah to agree a new deal with Liverpool, with his current contract to expire in the summer of 2023.

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A new deal for Mo Salah is so important

A new deal for Mo Salah is so important

A new deal for Mo Salah is so important

Former Liverpool FC midfielder Jason McAteer has given his verdict on Mohamed Salah's contract stand-off with the club, as he expressed his belief that he will sign a new deal with the Anfield club.

Salah is due back on Merseyside imminently after he was left heartbroken after his Egypt side lost the African Cup of Nations final in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday, with his Liverpool's team-mate Sadio Mane firing the winning spot kick for Senegal.

Now McAteer has told Anfield Watch that he expects Salah to agree a new deal with Liverpool, with his current contract to expire in the summer of 2023.

"There's a little bit of cat and mouse in all honesty," stated former Republic of Ireland star McAteer.

"I think you've got Mo sitting there saying, 'I've got a year left of my contract and I want x amount of money and if you don't give it to me, then you know what can happen. But from a Liverpool point of view, it's like, 'well, where are you going to go?'

"Barcelona and Real Madrid probably haven't got the funds that you want. PSG with the signings that they've made and Financial Fairplay kicking in, is that a realistic option? Possibly not.

"So where does that leave him? Bayern Munich possibly and of the British clubs, City and Chelsea are probably the only other two that you would say probably could afford him and give him that kind of wages.

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Former Ireland international Jason McAteer

Former Ireland international Jason McAteer

Former Ireland international Jason McAteer

"But is he going to go there and destroy his legacy of being a Liverpool great. Some are saying he's been the best Liverpool player ever so if he was going to go to City, he's going to destroy that legacy. So I'm not sure whether that commercially is great for either.

"Who's got £400,000 to be giving him? I don't know. I do think there's a bit of cat and mouse. I think Liverpool do want to keep him and the numbers he has racked up has been phenomenal."

McAteer went on to claim Salah would be making a mistake if he left Liverpool at a time when Jurgen Klopp's side are challenging for the biggest prizes in the game.

"He is getting into that age bracket where it's outside of maybe the blueprints of FSG, but he's arguably the greatest player in the world at the minute," he added

"So you've got to take that into consideration. I personally think he'll stay. I think they'll find a common ground.

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"Why would you want him to leave? I'm sure he wants to stay. I just think he wants his worth."

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