Mohamed Salah’s contract has entered its final two years and the Liverpool star is looking for a major pay bump whilst he looks to accomplish his own personal goal after an impressive start to the season
Mohamed Salah is aiming to become the best player in the world as he and Liverpool look to thrash out a new deal.
The Egyptian is into his fifth year at Anfield and has proved to be an inspired signed, having joined from Roma.
He broke numerous goalscoring records in his first season en route to the PFA Player of the Year and has continued to find the net with regularity.
This season Salah has started with a bang, scoring nine times in as many games, including a sensational solo effort against Manchester City recently.
Discussions about his contract have been swirling around in the background however, with the 29-year-old seeking a pay bump to £500,000-a-week on Merseyside.
That would represent a huge shift in Liverpool’s wage structure leaving them with a decision to make ahead of his deal expiring in 2023.
Salah has previously been accused of being selfish, but the former Chelsea man knows exactly what he’s looking to achieve.
“I spoke to Mo last season and he told me he wants to be the best in the world,” club legend Ian Rush told the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s upped his game this year. It’s not just about him scoring goals and people will say he’s selfish and whatever, but he’s been supplying assists as well this season.”
He added: “He said to me his aim was to be the best player in the world. And on present form he is the best player in the world. He is doing that right now.”
Salah has been the most consistent of Liverpool’s once feared front three with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both struggling for form over the past year.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the game’s individual accolades, but both have taken on new challenges this year.
Former Red Jamie Carragher believes Salah is currently achieving his goal of being the world’s best player.
“I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world,” Carragher told Sky Sports, “or in Europe in the Champions League in the past few weeks.
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“His record this season has been absolutely outstanding. You can never question what he has done at Liverpool if at all, but right now is the sharpest I’ve ever seen him.
“Maybe I’ve missed someone, but he is world-class. He is one of the greatest players to ever play for Liverpool.”
Carragher accepts that his former club cannot match the finances of their rivals but is adamant the forward’s future needs to be sorted.
He added: “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.”
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