After a dramatic end to the winter Mercato for Liverpool and the signing of Colombian Luis Diaz from Porto, Jurgen Klopp’s focus now turns to the renewal of Mohamed Salah’s contract.
The Egyptian star wants to become the highest-paid player in the English Premier League, and the extension of Salah’s contract for the next 4 years will cost about 96 million euros.
The Colombian international joined from Porto in a deal worth about 60 million euros, and it could have a significant impact on the crisis that afflicted the club after the great contract demanded by Salah, who is keen to stay with the “Liver”.
Salah demands about half a million euros a week, and he will be 33 years old by the end of the contract if it is extended for the next 4 years. For comparison, Virgil van Dijk is the highest paid player at Anfield and earns about 264,000 euros per week.
The deal will see Salah double his weekly salary, while fans desperately want him to stay at the club, adding to the pressure on Liverpool to give in to his demands.
The “Egyptian King” presents exceptional levels this season, as he scored 23 times in 26 matches, and many consider him the best player in the world currently.
The 29-year-old refuses to back down from the requirements of his contract, despite the expiration of his current contract in the summer of 2023.
With only 18 months left on his contract, Liverpool face a difficult situation, but Diaz’s signing could help relieve some of the pressure on the team’s management.
It seems that Klopp is also keen to extend Salah’s contract, but the matter is not that simple, and the German coach must make a personal effort to urge Salah to ease his conditions.
The arrival of Diaz, 25, and his playing alongside Harvey Elliott and Diego Jota, appears to be in line with the “new generation” of elite strikers at Liverpool, as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino enter their thirties.
The best-case scenario for the Merseyside team would be for Salah to reduce his terms and extend his long-term future at Liverpool.
With the continuation of the mythical performance, scoring goals and other industry, this will increase Salah’s stability on his position and force the “Reds” to pay.
The €96m is a huge blow to Liverpool’s budget, but signing a player who can replicate Salah’s impact on the pitch would make that number look like a tiny bit too small.