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Liverpool have been warned about rolling over in contract negotiations with Mohamed Salah. The 29-year-old only has 18 months left on his current deal at Anfield as fears grow over his potential departure as a free agent, especially given his immense form this season.
Salah’s electric form this season has made him the early frontrunner for the 2022 Ballon d’Or award.
But his current salary is only the joint-17th highest in the Premier League, below the likes of Timo Werner, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial.
He will undoubtedly want to be one of England’s highest earners if he is to remain at Liverpool, with a salary similar to Cristiano Ronaldo’s £510,000 per week and Kevin De Bruyne’s £400,000.
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Ex-Premier League star Tony Cascarino, a Liverpool fan, believes the club giving Salah whatever he wants to stay would be a ‘terrible idea’.
He told talkSPORT: “I think it’s a really bad idea to just say ‘here’s a blank piece of paper, write whatever you want on it, and you can have it’. I think that’s a terrible idea.
“A player has to want to play for your football club. It’s very important that you have a player that you go ‘do you know what? He loves being at our club, he gives his all, and he’s a fantastic ambassador as well for the club’.
“You’re going to get lots of money whatever deal you sign, aren’t you?
“If Mo Salah signs a new deal, it’s going to be ridiculous whatever way.
“Because outside football through deals of his own, you can add on onto what Liverpool can pay him. I just don’t go along the line of you just give them what they want.”
But Liverpool will be desperate to keep Salah, and with good reason, given his importance to the club’s recent success under Jurgen Klopp.
The ‘Egyptian King’ was a central figure in Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League win and 2020 Premier League title.
But his goalscoring exploits have soared to another level this season, registering 22 goals and nine assists in 24 games in all competitions.
Despite the current roadblock in contract talks, Salah has confirmed he wants to stay on Merseyside, and the ball is in his club’s court.
He said: “I said it several times, if the decision is up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool. But the decision is in the hands of the management and they have to solve this issue.
“There is no problem, but we have to reach an agreement for the contract. It’s up to them.”
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