Liverpool have no ‘immediate plans’ to offer Mohamed Salah a new contract, with the pandemic causing the club to be more careful with finances.
The 28-year-old double Golden Boot winner is the Premier League’s top scorer again so far in 2020/21, with 13 goals. However, he is without a strike since Boxing Day, with Liverpool failing to win in any of their last four league outings.
While the Egyptian has a contract at Anfield that runs until 2023, his future has long been the subject of debate, with both of Spain’s super clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid often linked.
Speaking to Norwegian broadcasters TV2 at the weekend, Salah said: “If you ask, I say I want to stay here [Liverpool] as long as I can, but as I have said before, it is in the hands of the club.
“I will always give 100% until the last minute I am at this club and I want to win as many trophies as I can. And I want to give 100% to the people, who show me love all the time.”
Salah’s rare public comments have led some to suggest he is hinting at the desire for an improved contract, but the Daily Mail claims that the Anfield hierarchy are not preparing for negotiations at the moment.
According to the report, the pandemic has caused Liverpool to be more ‘careful with their finances’ and there are no immediate plans to offer renewals.
However, it is added that Salah along with key players Alisson (contract expiry: 2024), Fabinho (2023) and Virgil van Dijk (2023) will be considered for extensions when the situation improves in the future. When that is possible, though, is still unclear.
Liverpool under FSG have largely operated on a policy of self-sufficiency in the transfer market, while Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly spoken of the added financial challenges at the club in the era of Covid-19.
90min revealed last month that Salah is not particularly eager to leave Liverpool, but he maintains a personal ambition of being recognised as the greatest African player of all time, wherever that may take him. Were he to leave, that preferred and obvious next step would be joining Real Madrid or Barça, while, his representatives have already starting looking at the options that might be available.