The chants of ‘Mo Salah Running Down the Wing’ are set to ring loud and clear whenever Liverpool FC play, at least until the summer of 2025, as the Eygptian recently penned a new three-year contract with the Reds, which makes him the club’s highest-paid player ever.
Salah’s decision to continue his stay at Anfield ends what must have been a long and dreary negotiation saga for everyone associated with Liverpool FC. The 30-year-old’s contract was due to expire in June 2023, and as reported by The Athletic, the contract renewal talks between the club and Salah – who is represented by his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa – had broken down because of disagreement over wage demands.
Liverpool place hefty importance on sticking to their wage structure in order to preserve their sustainable business model and team culture while Salah asked for wages that would resonate with his status as one of the best players in the world of football right now.
Eventually, the stalemate was broken and both the parties agreed on a compromise, much to the relief of Liverpool supporters, who were often vexed by Ramy Abbas’ cryptic messages on social media regarding the matter. On top of that, having recently bid farewell to another high-profile forward of theirs, Sadio Mané, the Reds wouldn’t have wanted their ninth-highest goal scorer of all time to leave Anfield soon as well.
It is being reported that the magic figure for Salah and his entourage proved to be in excess of £350,000 per week, although it is also being claimed that the arrangement still harmonises with the club’s wage structure.
From the very get-go, Salah hit the ground running at Anfield, and hasn’t looked back ever since. In his five years of being a Red, he has collected a wealth of golden goals and golden boots. The forward has netted a spectacular 156 times in 254 appearances; has won all major trophies, including the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League; and has amassed a plethora of individual awards.
Following the confirmation of his new contract, Salah expressed his desire to “fight for everything” with the club, stating that he was keen to “win trophies again”.
In all its glory, the Salah story looks set to continue.
Image: Mehdi Bolourian/ Liverpool vs. Chelsea, 2019 UEFA Super Cup/ CC BY 4.0