Liverpool legend Phil Thompson issues strong January demand over Mohamed Salah – EXCLUSIVE

Liverpool boss Klopp labels Salah 'best in the world'

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Liverpool must tie down Mohamed Salah to a new contract by January, says Reds legend Phil Thompson. Salah’s current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2022. The Egyptian has previously stated his desire to stay at Anfield for the long term.

Salah has been in scintillating form in front of goal this season.

He looks set to run away with the Premier League Golden Boot.

But speculation will continue over his future as his contract runs down.

Thompson has told Express Sport that he is worried about Salah’s long-term future at Liverpool.

The former defender and ex-Sky Sports pundit says a resolution must be reached in January because leaving it until the summer would be too risky.

Thompson said: “I think that is a must, I think that should be high on the agenda.

“It worries me. I’d just like to hope if Mo’s loving Liverpool like he says he does, I’m hoping that surely there’s a deal there for his agent and the football club to say ‘yes, he’s more than happy with that’.

“He’s going to be nearly 31 when his contract’s up. If he’s thinking of moving then, somebody who is going to be purchasing Mo, paying big salaries. He’s not a 27-year-old, 28-year-old – he’s going to be 31.

“So I think hopefully he sees his best years still being at Liverpool.

“Everybody should try to make it work, if everybody is concentrated on it.

“But I think it’s got to be done in January, if it doesn’t get done in January, this thing of ‘it’s alright, we’ve still got a bit to go’ – no.

“If it gets into the summer, I for one will be panicking very, very much.”

Liverpool are flying high on all fronts this season under Jurgen Klopp.

But Thompson is wary to put too much pressure on the Reds to win multiple trophies.

He added: “It’s looking too far ahead. I’m certainly not going to go down the Manchester City route and everybody’s lauding them, everybody’s talking, ‘they can win the four, they can do this, they can do that’.

“As long as we get success in one or two trophies and push for everything, because that’s what Liverpool Football Club should be doing, I would be delighted.

“The league is always precious, Jurgen ending 30 years of hurt was wonderful. It would be nice to do that again and I think that would be a nice priority.

“We always used to say that was the bread and butter, the league, and I don’t think that will change.

“So no, I always thought that was a burden for Manchester City, everybody laying it on thick and the players getting asked about it.”

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