The news that will be music to the ears of the Merseyside club – Mohamed Salah Liverpool future is to stay at Anfield. Salah, whose contract runs out in 2023, said, “I am staying at Liverpool next season for sure, that’s clear. In my mind, I don’t focus on contract right now,” as reported by Fabrizio Romano. Salah could leave for free in June 2023, if no new contract is agreed upon in the meantime.
Salah has been in unsuccessful talks over a contract extension at Anfield and was linked with a move away from the Reds this summer with only one year left on his contract. Contract talks are still open between his party and Liverpool but no agreement had been reached. Speaking about his contract, the Egyptian said, “I don’t want to be selfish, it’s not the right moment to speak about the contract.”
Mo Salah: “I am staying at Liverpool next season for sure, that's clear. In my mind, I don't focus on contract right now”. 🚨 #LFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 25, 2022
“I don't want to be selfish, it’s not the right moment to speak about the contract”, he added. pic.twitter.com/FCCVsDh9mk
Mohamed Salah Liverpool Future: Egyptian Will Be a Red Next Season
Huge Boost for Liverpool Ahead of Champions League Final
The Premier League joint Golden Boot winner has scored 31 goals and has 16 assists in 50 games this season. The Egyptian has been on fire, especially in the first half of the season, and has been regarded as the best player in the world at times during the season.
The forward has been the star boy of the Jurgen Klopp era, encapsulating everything that is great about the Reds. Pace, determination, relentlessness and goals are all words that describe both Liverpool and Salah. Salah has racked up 156 goals and 63 assists in his 253 appearances for the reds – 0.87 goal contributions per game. For comparison, Eden Hazard had 0.53 goal contributions per game and Manchester United’s top goal scorer, Wayne Rooney, had 0.71 contributions per game.
Liverpool play Real Madrid in the 2022 Champions League final in Paris on Saturday. The uncertainty around the futures of Liverpool’s star men could have provided a distraction to preparations. If Salah and Sadio Mane were to leave, it could’ve added pressure to the Reds, with a fear this could be their last chance to win Europe’s top trophy for a few years.
Huge Decisions to Be Made Between Salah and Liverpool
Questions remain as to whether Liverpool should renew Mohamed Salah’s contract. Liverpool operate under strict wage budgets and have done consistently under the ownership of FSG. Salah currently earns £200,000 a week, but a new contract would see him become Liverpool’s top earner ahead of Virgil van Dijk and would alter FSG tradition of offering ludicrous wages. Salah’s party see him as one of the world’s best and believe he should be paid accordingly.
With Jota’s emergence, and more recently the success of Luis Diaz, there could be potential that Salah, and all his goals, could in fact be replaceable. The original front three of Mane and Roberto Firmino seemed irreplaceable, but Liverpool’s recruitment hasn’t been too far short of perfect. Jota and Diaz have all but displaced Firmino’s starting minutes and have staked their claim for regular starting positions.
The question of the necessity of Salah, bearing in mind the ludicrous wages his team seem to be demanding and the fact he will be 31 next June, remains. Whether Salah will be at Liverpool past next season depends on the quality of replacement Liverpool can find for their Egyptian King.