Liverpool: 'Great news' could now 'unsettle players' at Anfield

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Liverpool‘s decision to reward Mohamed Salah with a lucrative contract could unsettle some of the rest of the squad, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Egypt international put to bed any doubts over his long-term future by putting pen to paper on a new deal earlier this month.

What’s the latest news involving Salah?

With just 12 months remaining on his Reds contract, the Anfield faithful could have been forgiven for thinking that next season could be the forward’s last as a Liverpool player.

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However, despite the arrivals of Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez, Salah extended his stay on Merseyside in what could be described as the signing of the summer.

According to BBC SPORT, the 30-year-old will be paid £350,000 per-week over the next three seasons, which makes him the highest paid player in Liverpool’s history.

Salah now earns more than £100,000 per-week more than the next player on the list, while he takes home more than double the likes of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota.

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Therefore, O’Rourke reckons that paying the ex-Chelsea and Roma ace so much more than anyone else at the club could potentially “unsettle” other players in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

What did O’Rourke say about Salah?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “It was obviously great news for Liverpool that Salah ended speculation by signing a new deal.

“But they have broken their wage structure to tie the Egyptian down to a new contract and as we know, when that happens, it maybe does leave a few players unsettled who are thinking they should be earning more money as well.”

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Who earns the most after Salah?

While no one else in the squad earns close to Salah’s incredible £18,200,000 annual salary, the Reds’ recent success over the last four seasons means that more than 12 players on their books are paid six figures every week.

Behind Salah, Virgil van Dijk, arguably the top defender in world football, was handed his own new deal 11 months ago and was briefly the top earner at the club, prior to Salah recently overtaking him.

The classy Dutchman saw his wages increase to a hefty £220,000 per-week, just ahead of Thiago Alcantara, who’s paid the slightly less figure of £200,000 every seven days.

Next on the list are Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who bank £180,000 every week.

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