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Mohamed Salah (Peter Powell/PA)

Mohamed Salah (Peter Powell/PA)

Mohamed Salah (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool are preparing to make a key decision that could open the door to keeping Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk at Anfield.

Anfield insiders have confirmed talks are planned with Salah and his advisers over a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in the summer of 2023.

Salah, 29, is currently among Liverpool's top earners with a reported salary of £200,000-a-week, with Liverpool chiefs refusing to raise that top wage on the club's payroll over the last couple of years.

Now Liverpool face the prospect of losing key Salah and central defender Virgil van Dijk unless they give them bumper pay rises, despite both players edging towards the back end of their decorated careers.

Salah has hinted he may be tempted by a move away from Liverpool, but his links with Paris Saint-Germain appear to have ended as they are on the brink of signing Lionel Messi on a mega-money contract.

Van Dijk, 30, is always thought to have been open to sign a new contract with Liverpool, yet the length of the deals on offer are likely to be a sticking point, as well as the wages on offer.

Now the second of those issues looks set to be addressed, with Liverpool preparing to bolster the wages for their top earners above the current £200,000-a-week limit.

Salah and Van Dijk will be keen to sign contracts that will secure their future at Liverpool for the next four years, but they are unlikely to be offered a deal beyond 2024.

The duo will also expect a pay rise, with several players in the Premier League earning substantially more than Salah and Van Dijk despite their status as A-list stars.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United all pay their star names more than the top weekly wage at Liverpool, while Gini Wijnaldum signed a £315,000-a-week deal when he left Anfield to sign for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer.

Salah and Van Dijk may eye up a free transfer if they don't agree terms on a new deal with Liverpool this summer, but there is confidence that agreement can be struck with the proposed salary increase now on the table.

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