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Mo Salah celebrates his goal for Liverpool. Photo: Peter Byrne

Mo Salah celebrates his goal for Liverpool. Photo: Peter Byrne

Mo Salah celebrates his goal for Liverpool. Photo: Peter Byrne

Liverpool want to end the stand-off over Mohamed Salah's new contract stand-off by the end of this year and are optimistic that a deal can be reached in the next couple of months.

Ahead of Sunday's title showdown with Manchester City, it has emerged that Liverpool and Salah's camp are NOT close to finalising a new deal.

Yet even though the club have made it clear they won't break the bank to keep the Egyptian, all parties are keen to work towards an agreement.

After successfully agreeing new contracts with captan Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho ahead of the new season, Salah remains has yet to commit his future to the club.

While reports suggesting Salah and his adviser Ramy Abbas rejected Liverpool's contract offer are wide of the mark, Liverpool have a salary ceiling they will not break in their push to keep their star man.

Van Dijk is believed to be Liverpool's top earner at £220,000-a-week, with Salah expected to demand close to £300,000-a-week to extend his current deal that is due to expire in the summer of 2023.

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool's owners at Fenway Sports Group will sanction a contract of that scale for a 29-year-old, who will want a deal of at least four years, but there is an acknowledgment that the club's top salary will need to be raised to keep Salah.

There is a belief that the player is keen to stay at Liverpool and with the club's supporters desperate to see the Egyptian to sign a new deal, it is hoped it can be announced before he heads into the final 18 months of his contract in January.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman has given his verdict on Liverpool's hopes of hanging on to Salah.

Speaking exclusively to sundyworld.com at a BT Sport event, McManaman hopes Liverpool can find an agreement with their leading marksman to ensure he stays at the club beyond his current contract, but he admits they cannot give the player a deal at any price.

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"If he wants too much money and Liverpool can't afford it, they'll have to let him go," declared McManaman.

"If he wants half a million a week, that won't happen at Liverpool, but you would hope he wants something the club can afford and if that's the case, then I'd expect him to stay.

"You can't go ballistic paying wages to try and compete with PSG or Man City because they are in a different world financially.

"Someone else will be up next (for contract talks) and we've seen situations where one player gets a huge pay rise and then the next star player is upset and wants the same. It causes chaos in the team. You have to try and keep lid on it somewhere.

"We have just come out of a pandemic and every big club has lost well over £100million and you can't just go mad like that.

"Yes pay him what he's worth, I have no problem with that. He is a brilliant player, pay him what he's worth. But if he wants double his wages, you can't do that. You have to be sensible, especially in these difficult financial times."

Read John Aldridge's verdict on Liverpool's showdown with Manchester City in this weekend's Sunday World.

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