Thursday, January 27

Carragher: Salah deserves to be paid as well as any top player in world football

Mohamed Salah and Liverpool have yet to reach an agreement over a potential contract renewal, with Reds legend Jamie Carragher insisting that the Egypt international deserves to receive the wages of a world-class player.

In the absence of Salah and Sadio Mane, both of whom are away on AFCON duty, Liverpool failed to break down a 10-man Arsenal and registered just one shot on target in a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Thursday.

“This talk of Salah‘s contract will probably intensify even more, because when he is not there you see the effect it has,” Carragher said on Sky Sports after Liverpool‘s Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal.

“As a Liverpool supporter you should be wary that this is dragging on. Other big players at Liverpool have signed contracts in the last three or four months, the goalkeeper [Alisson Becker], Trent [Alexander-Arnold], Virgil van Dijk, huge figures in this team.

“Salah wants to be paid as well as any top player in the Premier League or world football, and why shouldn’t he? He deserves that, we’re talking about one of the best players in the world.”

A possible departure?

Carragher went on stress that Liverpool fans may not forgive the club if they fail to tie Salah down to a new contract, with his current deal in place until summer 2023.

“The problem, and the angle Liverpool may be looking at it from, is where Salah would go?” added Carragher.

“The Spanish giants [Real Madrid and Barcelona] are really out of the equation now given the problems they have financially.

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“Would Salah leave and ruin his legacy by going to Manchester City or Manchester United? Probably not, so that’s probably Liverpool‘s bargaining chip.

“I would love this deal to be done as quickly as possible. You cannot forget the price Liverpool signed Salah for. It wasn’t as if they went and spent 100 million pounds, they did what they are great at and did a brilliant deal. The money they have invested in him already – transfer fee and wages – has been a snip.

“This is not a case of giving the player exactly what he wants, but Liverpool Football Club and the owners, I don’t think they would be forgiven if Salah left this club in the summer or in 18 months’ time.

“He’s a Liverpool legend, one of the greatest players the club has ever had, and it needs to be sorted sooner rather than later.”


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