Salah turns up heat to push for new Liverpool deal worth €480k-per-week
Mike McGrathTelegraph Media Group Limited
Mo Salah has put pressure on Liverpool to accept his contract demands by insisting he is not asking for “crazy stuff” but wants a reflection of his achievements at Anfield.
The Egypt forward (29) has won the Champions League and Premier League during five seasons on Merseyside but his deal expires next year and there has been no agreement over an extension.
As the league’s highest scorer since his £34m move from AS Roma , his market value would put him among players who could command more than £400,000 (€480,000) a week.
“I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands,” Salah told
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. “They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff. When you ask for something and they show you they can give you something because they appreciate what you did for the club.
“I’ve been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have [been] told the situation. It’s in their hands.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently suggested there was confidence over a new contract being agreed, saying it was “not a thing you do meeting for a cup of tea in the afternoon”. The club are said to be relaxed about Salah’s contract situation.
Their Fenway Sports Group owners must weigh up the value of handing out a lucrative contract to a player who turns 30 at the end of this campaign. They will also be aware that the usual options in the transfer market for a high-profile player have changed in recent windows.
Salah has previously spoken to Spanish outlet
about his future, although Real Madrid appear focused on Kylian Mbappe as their next big signing, while Barcelona have suffered financial problems.
Salah – who suffered defeat yesterday as his Egypt team lost 1-0 to Nigeria in their opening African Cup of Nations game – is among a clutch of players whose deals expire in 2023, meaning in one year they will be able to speak to clubs about a pre-contract to move as a free agent.