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Achieving A Quadruple Over Mohammed Salah’s Contract Renewal: How Should Liverpool Plan Ahead?

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Mohamed Salah’s current deal expires in June 2023. The Egypt winger had told Sky Sports that he would love to stay in Liverpool until the last day of his football career back in October. The Egyptian star is close to signing a new deal with the club and Jurgen Klopp baffled everyone with the same statement saying “there is nothing new to say” over the contract talks amidst the hectic weeks ahead, hinting slightly at being happy with what is happening.

What can we expect over the coming weeks?

Even though the Egyptian sports minister said he had advised his greatest sports star in the country to leave Anfield, the Liverpool man is reportedly said to be interested in extending his contract. Back in March, questions arose as to when the winger would pen down to a deal. Ramy Abbas Issa hinted that there were no talks when the agent tweeted laughing emojis in March after Klopp’s previous claim that he was “completely fine” with progress on an agreement.

The Liverpool boss passed the same statement which he did recently to Skysports saying there was “nothing new to say” but the question remained unanswered and left the fans in a worry.

Now Mohamed Salah has come forward with his intention to stay at Anfield contrary to what Ashraf Sobbhi had advised him to do. Jurgen Klopp has also made it clear that both sides are willing to strike a deal to renew the contract. But the manager wishes to focus on the games ahead as it is very crucial for the club because the Reds look to achieve what no club has ever done before, they have potentially 16 games left to achieve a quadruple. He wants to create history and he believes to push forward with unwavering focus.

The length, timeframe, and the sum involved.

Salah arrived at Anfield in 2017, since then he has scored 153 goals in 240 appearances for Liverpool. Nearing 30, Klopp still believes he can deliver great performances and continue at the club until 35.

The Reds have been wary of offering lengthier contracts to players nearing such an age and James Milner is a perfect example. The club usually goes for a 2 or 3-year contract at most but that will come at a cost that would financially put them under a lot of pressure. A salary of £400,000 per week was originally on the table, but Klopp feels a contract length of 5 years might make Salah settle for a less lucrative amount.

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The situation with other key players still raises doubts for Liverpool.

Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sadio Mane, and even Roberto Firminho are key players to the club and the situation involving their contracts raises doubts in the mind of the fans and pundits alike. Can they still be happy over the winger’s commitment given the loss? There is a lot going on at Anfield as of now but the situation would hopefully turn out for the better given they achieve the quadruple and create history.

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