Mohamed Salah feels that Liverpool’s owners are showing an unfair reluctance to hand him a contract he feels he deserves, according to a report.
The 29-year-old has defied expectations in recent seasons to stamp his mark as one of the Premier League’s best players. Indeed, he recently became the fifth-fastest player to 100 goals in the competition.
Liverpool have long enjoyed his goalscoring form, but he made absolutely sure of his status at the club last month. His goal against Brentford made him the fastest-ever Reds player to 100 league goals.
Despite those achievements being the product of just over four fantastic seasons, he could soon leave Anfield.
While several other key Liverpool stars such as Jordan Henderson have signed new deals, Salah has not. The Egyptian is the next biggest priority, but negotiations have proved tough.
Indeed, his frustrations relate to how challenging the discussions are proving to be.
Furthermore, Salah has looked to Manchester City for a prime example of how a club should treat standout players.
Kevin de Bruyne is a year older than the winger and has faced more fitness issues. However, City wasted no time in tying him down to a huge new deal in April.
Salah therefore feels he warrants similar treatment from Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners.
But FSG are showing a reluctance to hand him a deal which would definitely make him the club’s highest-paid player ever. In doing so, FSG also have reservations about Liverpool’s wage structure.
Carragher sums up Liverpool, Salah situation
Writing in his latest newspaper column, former Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher summed up the situation over Salah.
The pundit noted that, if the Reds hand the winger a four-year contract worth £400,000 per week, that equates to around £83.2million overall.
He added that Liverpool’s owners may fear a downturn in form from Salah after he turns 30 in June.
That would mean FSG keeping a “high earner who is draining resources”.
Nevertheless, Carragher insisted that such a gamble is one worth taking.
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