Liverpool’s crusade to tie down the club’s vital squad members to lengthy contract extensions has reached arguably it’s most important stop: Mohamed Salah. Reporting from The Athletic’s James Pierce has revealed that the club hierarchy has opened talks to secure the Reds star through the end of his prime years.
While the exact figures are yet to surface, the rumored extension will reportedly tie Salah down through July 2025 when he will be 33 years old, and will significantly improve on the Egyptian’s current £200,000/week to potentially make him the club’s record highest earner.
Extensions for the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Alisson, along with an agreement in principle with Jordan Henderson has shown that Fenway Sports Group is committed to keeping the core of the squad that has won all of the highest club honors on offer together.
Salah has been one of the few remaining, currently on a deal that is set to expire in less than two years time. However, with the annual drumbeat of transfer rumors linking last season’s Golden Boot runner up to all manner of European clubs, Liverpool have been aware that time is not on their side in getting a deal over the line.
After the winger became the first Premier League player to score on Opening Day in five successive seasons in bagging two assists and a goal at the weekend against Norwich City, Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa was quick to tweet out a barely concealed reminder to the Liverpool brass:
I hope they’re watching.— Ramy Abbas Issa (@RamyCol) August 14, 2021
Michael Edwards would appear to have gotten the message with talks have said to taken on a greater sense of urgency. There are some in the Liverpool support who would prefer for the Reds to match their rivals’ lavish transfer spending. However, by locking down stars at the top of their game (and market value) down to long-term contracts, Liverpool are signaling to players and clubs across Europe that Anfield is a destination, not a waypoint.