Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah is expected to stay at Anfield despite ‘one or two murmurings’ that he could exit before the summer transfer window closes, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has already seen a key member of his frontline leave this month, with Sadio Mane joining Bayern Munich for up to £35million, and there are doubts over where Salah’s long-term future lies.
What’s the latest news involving Salah?
Salah only has 12 months remaining on his £225,000-per-week deal, resulting in question marks over whether Liverpool will be forced to cash-in on his services before the September 1 transfer deadline.
The 30-year-old is reportedly looking to more than double his money by securing a fresh contract worth £500,000-per-week, meaning he would comfortably become the highest-earner in the Merseyside giants’ history.
But, according to the Mirror, Liverpool are unlikely to meet Salah’s demands and it is becoming increasingly likely that he will depart as a free agent at the end of the upcoming campaign.
The report suggests Liverpool owners FSG are unwilling to break the wage structure the club have long had in place in order to keep the 83-cap Egypt international on their books.
However, in an interview with FourFourTwo, Salah insisted that negotiations over a new contract are not solely focused on securing a significant pay increase.
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What has Alex Crook said about Salah?
Crook believes Liverpool will not look to sign any more attacking stars unless Salah leaves the club before the transfer window slams shut.
The talkSPORT reporter is confident that the former Chelsea man will remain with Klopp’s charges for another 12 months at a minimum.
Crook told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think they’re overly in the market for another attacker because they’re fairly well stocked in that department assuming that Salah stays.
“There are still one or two murmurings that he won’t, but I expect him to be there at least until the end of the season.”
Why are Liverpool so keen to tie Salah down to a new contract?
Salah has scored 156 goals and contributed a further 63 assists in 254 appearances for Liverpool, underlining how he has made a huge impact on Merseyside.
Liverpool finished the campaign just one point adrift of champions Manchester City and if they want to leapfrog Pep Guardiola’s side to the title during the 2022/23 season, Salah will be key.