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Mohamed Salah Liverpool contract - wage 'demands', Jurgen Klopp response, FSG warning

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Mohamed Salah doesn't need the Ballon d'Or to tell him or the rest of the world who the best player on the planet is at the moment.

Though he may have cruelly missed out on football's prestigious individual award, Liverpool will be hoping they don't miss out on his long-term future staying on Merseyside.

It's well documented that Salah 's contract is set to expire at Anfield at the end of the 2022-23 season.

Liverpool will no doubt be keen for him to stay at the club, while the man himself has also intimated a desire to stay at Anfield for many years yet.

So what's holding up the extension of what has so far been a beautiful, prosperous and exhilarating relationship on Merseyside?

Here are all the latest updates on the Egyptian's future, as the Reds look to finalise one of the most important contract extensions in their history.

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Salah wants to retire at Liverpool

Speaking to Sky Sports before his incredible hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Manchester United, Salah said he would love to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career.

However, the 29-year-old added that it's also up to the club to reach terms on any agreement.

"If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can't say much about that - it's not in my hands.

"It depends on what the club want, not on me. At the moment I can't see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad. It's hard, I don't want to talk about it, but it would make me really sad."

Klopp aware of Salah intention

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the United win that he's well aware of Salah's desire to extend his stay on Merseyside.

"The fifth goal, Mo was there to get the goals and he deals with the fuss that everyone makes around him," he said, per Metro . "He enjoys his football and long, long, long, may it continue. I knew already (he wants to end his career here), I know the situation."

Barnes cautious over Salah renewal

Liverpool icon John Barnes has said he would be hesitant to make Salah the best-paid player on the planet.

While the former winger believes the Egyptian is currently the finest operator in world football, he suggested that a long-term deal for Salah on huge money may pose problems for the Reds further down the line.

"He’s got two years left on his contract and if he wants a five-year contract that will take him to 34 years old," Barnes told BonusCodeBets (h/t Metro ). "At 34 he’s probably not going to be worth what he is now.

"This is the situation. It’s important that he stays focused while he’s playing for Liverpool, which is going to be for at least the next year.

"But if you make Salah the highest paid player in the world and then when he’s 33 he’s not in the team because he’s not fit or too old, he’s taking up a big salary and how do you go and get another player?"

Robertson wants him to stay

Good players will always be welcomed in the dressing room and it's no surprise Salah's teammates want him to stay at Anfield.

Left back Andy Robertson was asked about Salah's contract situation and made it clear he hopes an agreement can be struck between the club and the player.

“He said he'd be happy to stay here and that's up to him and the club to come to an agreement," Robertson told Sky Sports at the end of October.

"I hope that I can continue to play with him. I love playing with Mo and I love playing with all the lads around me and you don't want to see anyone leave.

"Let's leave it up to the club and Mo - I'm sure everyone's trying to get to an agreement that can work for everyone.

“Hopefully they can reach a solution because if he's not the world's best, he's definitely in the discussion for it and they're the type of players you want at this club, they're the type of players that the fans at this club deserve.

“Hopefully that continues and he can stay for a bit longer."

He deserves a lot of money

Salah has been in world-class form this season.

As well as superb solo goals against Watford and Manchester City, the Egyptian needed a hat-trick against Manchester United.

Recent displays have only seen his value go up and former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes the forward has every right demand as much money as he wants.

“He's been unbelievable, frightening with how he's played this season, the goals he's scored," Parlour told talkSPORT (h/t Daily Mail): "He's done at the right time because now he can demand what he wants really with his new contract.

"I'm sure his representatives are saying to Liverpool: 'Wait a minute, he deserves £400,000-a-week.' If you're Liverpool owners, yeah he does deserve it because what he's done on that field has been absolutely brilliant.”

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Salah unsure where future lies

Mohamed Salah admitted he still 'doesn't know' where he wants to go after Liverpool during a virtual visit to an Egyptian school.

The 29-year-old was speaking to students at Al Farooq Omar school in Cairo to share his views on the benefits of digital learning, and to answer questions on his childhood and career.

During the visit, one of the students asked the winger where he would like to go after Liverpool, to which Salah gave a light-hearted response.

"Are you a journalist?" he joked.

"I still don't know. I'm currently focused on the team and I'm happy here."

Salah has entered the final two years of his current deal with Liverpool and his representatives are still negotiating a new contract.

Speculation is already intensifying over his future at Anfield, with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly tracking the situation.

McManaman is confident

Salah responded to his Ballon d'Or snub by scoring a brace against Everton in the Merseyside Derby.

Once again showing just how valuable he is to the Reds, former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman said that he had been told that all parties involved want the relationship to continue after 2023.

“His contract situation is as it is – we all know it’s going to be up in 18 months time,” he told talkSPORT. “Liverpool want to renew. I think he wants to stay.

“It all depends on the finances: how much he wants and how much Liverpool are prepared to pay.

“We know that they don’t pay the most money. They certainly pay a lot of money across the board, but we know that they don’t pay a huge amount of money and can’t challenge the likes of Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid in paying individuals.

“So, we’ll wait and see how it pans out. All the talk that I’ve heard is that he wants to stay and Liverpool wants him to stay.

“It’s just about getting the right figure, agreeing the right figure, and moving forward.”

Salah wants to stay

Having played a crucial role in Liverpool's win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, setting up Divock Origi for his last-minute winner, Liverpool fans would have been delighted with what Salah had to say.

Much has been made of the 29-year-old's future and the lack of movement on his contract negotiations, leading to frustration among the fanbase.

But Salah has since come out and said that if the decision was up to him, he would remain in Merseyside.

"I said it several times, if the decision is up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool," said Salah.

"But the decision is in the hands of the management and they have to solve this issue.

“There is no problem but we have to reach an agreement for the contract. It’s up to them.

“Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and that they are ready to do anything for you to stay, but the decision itself is not based on those financial matters only.

“There are things like the ambition of the team and the coach and what he wants to do with the team and the players he wants. These are all important points when making the decision."

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It may take time

Salah once again found himself on the scoresheet in Liverpool's final UEFA Champions League group game, a 2-1 win over Italian giants AC Milan.

With every passing game and every passing goal, Salah's world-class form is further highlighted and continues to add a bit of urgency to the ongoing contract situation.

Having recently done an interview with Egyptian TV in which the forward said he wanted to stay but it was up to management to get a deal done, Klopp added that there may be a bit of a wait until a deal is agreed.

"You know exactly what Mo is about," Klopp said before Tuesday's visit to Milan in the Champions League.

"We're talking and extending a contract with a player like Mo is not something where you meet for a cup of tea in the afternoon and find an agreement. That's completely normal.

"There's really nothing else to say about Mo. He speaks about it and I can only say a few things because all the rest is not for the public, obviously.

"But I'm not sure if he gave the interview in English or it was translated [wrongly] and arrived in English and that is an issue we saw in the last few days again.

"So really a lot of things can happen when someone tries to do that and Mo is fine, I am fine. I think what we all want is clear and things like this need time, that is it."

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Klopp is relaxed

As the clock ticks down on Salah's contract, there is a natural sense of urgency around the Liverpool fan base.

But not everyone feels the same.

As talks continue to progress, Klopp confirmed that while he is eager for the two sides to come to an agreement, he isn't bothered when the ink dries on the deal.

"We are in really good conversations," Klopp told Sky Sports News of Liverpool's talks with Salah.

"I want it to happen, but when? I couldn't care less."

'I'm not asking for crazy stuff'

Salah spoke again about his contract in early January, stating that the club 'know' what he wants and hinting that he's not asking for 'crazy' wages.

“I want to stay, but it's not in my hands. It's in their hands,” the forward told GQ magazine. “They know what I want. I'm not asking for crazy stuff.

“The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something because they appreciate what you did for the club.

“I've been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have [been] told the situation. It's in their hands.”

Salah ‘wants De Bruyne deal’

Mohamed Salah is reportedly seeking a salary comparable to Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne according to The Telegraph.

The City midfielder is currently on a weekly wage of around £400,000 a week and it is believed that Salah wants his new deal to emulate that of the Belgian star.

The Egyptian’s hopes of being rewarded with the deal he desires appear to have been boosted by Jurgen Klopp’s claim that despite the fact he turns 30 in June, the Reds boss expects him to maintain his current level much like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have done in their 30s.

Salah’s current contract runs until the summer of 2023.

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