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salah next? Liverpool set sights on contracts for two more key men after Fabinho deal is confirmed

Liverpool plan contract talks with Mohamed Salah, but he may stretch the club's wage structure

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Liverpool’s Fabinho has signed a new long-term contract (Adam Davy/PA)

Liverpool’s Fabinho has signed a new long-term contract (Adam Davy/PA)

Liverpool’s Fabinho has signed a new long-term contract (Adam Davy/PA)

Liverpool are planning contract talks with several key players in the coming weeks after midfielder Fabinho signed a new long-term contract with the Premier League club.

The Brazil international is the second key member of Jurgen Klopp’s team to commit their future to the Reds after Trent Alexander-Arnold penned a fresh deal last month.

“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract with the club,” Fabinho told liverpoolfc.com, with the deal set to run until the summer of 2026, the PA news agency understands.

“Since the beginning of the conversation, I was really positive about it because it’s what I wanted – staying in this club, keep playing for Liverpool. Now this is official and I’m really happy.

“These last three seasons I’ve been really happy here. I learned a lot with the manager, with all the staff, with the boys as well.

“We achieved things together and for me I think it’s the best place to be, the best place to keep growing, to keep learning from the staff, from the boys. Hopefully we will keep achieving good things.”

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Fabinho, left, has been key to Jurgen Klopp’s plans (Paul Ellis/PA)

Fabinho, left, has been key to Jurgen Klopp’s plans (Paul Ellis/PA)

Fabinho, left, has been key to Jurgen Klopp’s plans (Paul Ellis/PA)

sundayworld.com understands Liverpool are already in the process of working on new deals for Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk, with confidence that the duo will agree to extend their current contracts beyond 2023.

Contract talks with Mohamed Salah could be more challenging as the Egyptian could expect an increase on his £200,000-a-week salary.

Salah is currently the joint top earner at Liverpool and while Liverpool's owners are keen to keep a tight control on the club's wage bill, the Egyptian's camp will expect a pay increase if he is to extend his contract that is due to expire in 2023.

Kylian Mbappe's ongoing links with a move from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid ensure Salah will continue to be linked with a move to Paris, but Anfield chiefs are relaxed about the prospect of planned contract talks with Salah's adviser.

"From a football perspective and a fan perspective, Liverpool have to do something (with Salah this summer)," said former Liverpool striker and Sunday World columnist John Aldridge.

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"It’s a game of cards and the players hold all the aces. If you let them get into the position with one year left, you are only going to get beaten in the card game.

"Liverpool need to keep all their best players and he is one of them. He is on big money, probably the highest paid player. Whatever he wants, they have to work it out between them.

"I wonder how much money footballer want at the end of their career? I wonder how much cash people need to be happy and it borders on greed at times, but some players are very, very greedy.

"Liverpool need to sort Salah’s future out in the next few weeks, and if he isn’t going to sign a new deal, then a big decision has to be made on what happens next."

Talks with Jordan Henderson over a new contract have stalled, yet suggestions that the Liverpool captain could leave this summer have been played down by club officials.

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