September 05, (THEWILL) – The contract negotiations between Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and English Premier League side Liverpool, which are aimed at securing his long-term commitment to the Anfield side, have continued to headline news about the player’s relationship with the club.
The former English Premier League champions, who prioritised retention of their top talent during the transfer season, have relentlessly pressed ahead with these talks with Salah as negotiations progress with his representatives.
Part of the club’s intent is to reward the Egyptian for his continued outstanding contribution since arriving from Roma for £43.9million in the summer of 2017. Salah has turned in a prodigious display with a goal-scoring consistency that has seen him score 127 goals in 206 games.
Now, in the final two years of the deal that he signed in 2018, Liverpool are working hard to effect the club’s reward into a fresh deal that extends his time at Anfield further. The hurdle before the club is that Salah has reportedly requested to be given a pay rise before agreeing with new terms.
The possibility remains that an agreement that is mutually beneficial can be reached in good time based on Liverpool’s strategy of securing the long-term availability of their best players. Recently, the quartet of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk all had their contracts extended to guarantee their commitments.
Yet, Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, disturbed the waters last month after his client scored in the 3-0 opening weekend win at Norwich City. He tweeted a brief cryptic post that read: “I hope they’re watching”, which was interpreted as a veiled reference to the contract talks with Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group.
That has not fazed Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp. In answering questions about Salah’s contract talks last month, the German assured the media that negotiations were underway and there was nothing to worry about on the player’s side.
He said: “Mo is obviously in a really, really good moment football-wise, mood-wise, how he behaved from the first day when he came back, absolutely great. We are all adults, we are all professionals. When there are talks then there are talks – and when there is a decision we will tell you.”