Liverpool have been warned that one of their top players still remains destined to depart Anfield and their best efforts to keep him will see one of three clubs sign him.
Mohamed Salah has ripped up all kinds of records since arriving on Merseyside in a bargain £36.9m deal in summer 2017. But with the Egyptian’s contract expiring in summer 2023, talks have rumbled on over a new deal deal. Liverpool are desperate for him to sign an extension to ward off interest from Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
They also want him to follow in the footsteps of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson by penning a new deal.
But negotiations between Liverpool and Salah’s entourage are progressing slowly. There have been rumours that the forward wants £500,000 per week, to reward his status as one of the Premier League’s top players.
The Reds are unwilling to meet that salary as they do not want to break their wage structure. This is one of the reasons why Salah’s future on Merseyside is far from certain.
Salah has six goals in seven Premier League games already for the Reds this season.
But ahead of Saturday’s clash at Watford, Gary Neville is warning Liverpool he expects him to leave.
“I don’t think he will stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career,” the pundit said on Sky Sports’ Overlap fans’ forum.
“It’s my personal view. It’s always been that view but I could be wrong.
“The Premier League would be weaker if he left. I just think you look at someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Kylian Mbappe, it’s not all about the money,” he stated.
“There’s a project and there’s something they have to achieve in their lives.
“They have to play at certain clubs, they have to go and experience certain things.
“I think Salah’s got to experience Real Madrid, the Bernabeu – Real Madrid are going to come back, by the way,” Neville claimed.
“I know it’s not great at the moment at Barcelona and Madrid but Salah is similar to those I’ve just mentioned, I think he has to have that on his CV at the end of his career.
“I think he’s done an unbelievable job at Liverpool. I’ve just always felt he wants a Paris [Saint-Germain], a Real Madrid, a Barcelona and I think he’ll go and get it.
“But I might be wrong.”
Scholes, Carragher disagree on Salah claim
Both Jamie Carragher and Paul Scholes were also on the panel but both disagreed with Neville’s claims.
Scholes argued: “They [Barcelona and Real Madrid] are not in as high esteem as they were two or three years ago.
“If he wants to be the best player on the planet, he has to stay at Liverpool. He has to stay in England.
“The best players are here, it’s the best league in the world now. It’s got the three best coaches in the world, with the best teams,” he explained.
“So if he wants to be the best player on the planet, he has to stay here and Liverpool have to pay him.”
Carragher recently commented on Salah’s future during his punditry on a game and is adamant he will stay.
“I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world or in Europe at the moment.
“I know the situation Liverpool are in. They don’t have the finances of Manchester City when you think of the wages they give out.
“But right now, Salah is playing as well as anyone in European football.
“Liverpool cannot afford to let his contract situation drag on, with the threat they could lose him in the next two years.”
Salah speaks out on Liverpool future
The 29-year-old is expected to start in this Saturday’s match against Watford. It will mark the start of Claudio Ranieri’s reign at Vicarage Road.
Ahead of the game, Salah revealed what keeps him in good spirits and motivated for Liverpool.
“I’m happy as long as the team keep winning,” he said. “I’m trying to help always, to score goals and make the team win games – that’s the most important (thing).
“We have to give our best always to win something and I think we have the quality for that.
“We have a top team, so we have to push ourselves to the limit and try to win something. I’m sure everybody thinks the same.
“That’s what we need, just to keep in our head that we finish the season winning something.”Internet Explorer Channel Network