Mohamed Salah is envious of the treatment Kevin De Bruyne was afforded during his contract negotiations with Manchester City, as speculation mounts over the future of the Liverpool talisman.
The Egypt international has cemented a reputation as one of world football’s most prolific goalscorers since returning to the Premier League in the summer of 2017, having rebuilt his career in Serie A following a demoralising spell at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
Salah is an essential component in a Jurgen Klopp built side which looks set to compete for major honours again this season after a torrid 2020/21 campaign, which was undermined by an unprecedented defensive injury crisis.
The 29-year-old has begun the new season in arguably the best form of his Liverpool career, scoring eight goals in as many games in all competitions, including a brace in the midweek 5-1 Champions League win over Porto.
Liverpool spent modestly in the summer, bringing in only one player in the shape of Ibrahima Konate, and instead centred their efforts on successfully tying the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson to new long-term deals.
Limited progress, however, has been made in talks with Salah. according to The Athletic. The former Roma forward’s preference would be to remain at Anfield, but he has been left wondering why the club’s owners, FSG, have been so slow in committing to the sort of financial package their City counterparts offered De Bruyne earlier this year.
The Premier League champions made the Belgium international the Premier League’s best paid player with a basic salary of £385,000-a-week, but Liverpool’s owners are reluctant to offer Salah similar terms given the current wage structure in place at the Merseyside club.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher voiced his concerns on Friday at the ongoing uncertainty and questioned why Salah’s future was not being treated as an urgent priority.
‘If there is a sound reason for not resolving the Salah contract situation with the same urgency, it is yet to be satisfactorily explained,’ he said.
‘Whenever we talk about Liverpool’s renaissance, we often focus on the influence of Van Dijk and Alisson, taking the team to another level.
‘That’s fair, but we should not forget that the foundations were in place because of the immediate impact of Salah, who was already on his way to scoring 44 goals in his first season when Van Dijk signed.
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