Mohamed Salah. His name has been at the centre of the Liverpool world for years; an excellent star who now arrives at the moment of the most important decision for his future.
Mo will turn 30 next June and this contract has enormous importance in the professional choices of the Egyptian star: one of the best players in the world, without ever an injury or a problem that has slowed down his performances, unlike many top players who earn huge salaries but aren't always available.
The reality is that there is a stand-off in the talks between Salah, his agent and Liverpool. The last meeting took place last December in the United States, where Liverpool made their proposal to Salah, in particular to his agent Ramy Abbas.
The proposal has been turned down as the club's proposed salary did not satisfy Salah.
It remains exclusively a financial issue, because it is good to immediately clarify a fundamental point of this story: Salah is happy at Liverpool, he loves the club, the fans, his teammates, and the relationship with all the club staff, including Jurgen Klopp, is excellent.
Salah does not wish to change clubs, nor does he want to leave the Premier League. He has not rejected the Liverpool proposal because he is thinking of leaving - but simply because he wants a more lucrative contract, at the same level of his counterparts at top European clubs and what his performances more than merit.
The Salah issue is therefore exclusively linked to the financial aspect. He wants to stay and Liverpool naturally want to keep their star player, but what is needed is an economical agreement. Liverpool do not intend to change their salary structure which has given them so much satisfaction in recent years.
They are ready to make Salah the highest paid player in the team, but they do not want to take his salary too far away from those of his important teammates. If you take one glance at the top salaries around Europe, it's easy to see that Salah could earn a lot more: as much as players who have never made a difference at his own level.
📺 Jurgen Klopp on Mo Salah's contract:
"The decisive parties are talking to each other and that is all I need." 🔴 pic.twitter.com/NeeKqzldSO
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) April 4, 2022
So, the question is: is there still hope? Yes, of course - but it depends on Liverpool because, as of today, Salah has no intention of accepting the opening proposal. He wants to continue, but only on his conditions.
Salah could theoretically decide to stay at Liverpool for another year and then leave the club as a free agent in summer 2023. It's a possible scenario that Liverpool could only avoid by improving their contract proposal over the next 15 months.
It's important to keep in mind that Salah will remain professional and will always look to perform at the top level, despite the current protracted contract saga.
Meanwhile, the club has a list of wingers in mind ahead of the summer transfer window. Alongside the many names monitored by the club for months are West Ham United's Jarrod Bowen, PSV Eindhoven's Cody Gakpo and Leeds United's Raphinha.
The latter is certainly high up on the list, but Barcelona have already started discussions with his agent, Deco, in order to steal the march on rival clubs and gain the upper-hand over his potential signature. Liverpool remain attentive to the situation, and at this stage it's an option that is certainly being taken into consideration.
All smiles from Mo in training 😁 pic.twitter.com/MnnFtVEFVr
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) April 4, 2022
Meanwhile, there is great satisfaction within the club over Luis Diaz's performances and his immediate impact since arriving from Porto in January. The Colombian is highly appreciated by all his team-mates and Klopp is enthusiastic about his skills and, above all, convinced that he has excellent potential to be a key player for the next few years.
The one who is certain to leave Liverpool in the coming months is Divock Origi. Both parties are ready for separation and only a surprise would see him remain at Anfield beyond the summer.
Origi is in advanced talks with AC Milan to join them on a free transfer in the summer and the club is drawing up plans for his replacement. There is no contract signed yet, but the discussions are well underway.
Origi is tempted by the possibility of an experience in Italy, despite clubs from the Bundesliga and the Premier League also showing interest, and Liverpool will leave him free to decide as they plan a future with a completely new forward line.