Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been described as thinking there is ‘something missing’ at Anfield in light of his ongoing contract with the club.
Salah’s current deal only runs until the end of next season and he could possibly sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in less than a year to seal a move as a free agent.
Although manager Jurgen Klopp recently played down concerns, Liverpool fans would be forgiven for starting to feel uncomfortable that one of the best players in the world has scored 28 goals so far this season.
Klopp declared towards the weekend that Liverpool ‘couldn’t have done more’ to persuade Salah to sign a new contract at Anfield.
“It’s pretty much Mo’s decision,” he said.
“The club is doing what the club can do. That’s how it is, nothing bad to say about it. It’s okay, from my point of view it’s exactly how it should be at this point. Nothing happened further, nothing signing, no rejection or anything.” he said quoted from 90Min.
But Salah himself seems to have a different idea.
Klopp’s comments on Friday were met with a response from Salah’s agent Ramy Abass Issa on social media.
There’s no immediate context for that, but as soon as the Liverpool boss spoke, the agent tweeted some laughing emojis.
In January, Salah gave a conflicting viewpoint, insisting it was the club in control of the situation.
“They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy things. The problem is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something.
It was reported last week that contract talks between Liverpool and Salah had fallen through since December and that he had ‘no intention’ to agree to the offer currently on the table
After another Salah goal in Liverpool ‘s other win at the weekend, The Athletic have outlined the root causes of the ongoing contract stalemate.
For Salah, what is ‘missing’, despite all the real positives of being a Liverpool player is a contract that ‘represents his status as one of the greatest players on the planet’.
In short, it looks like Liverpool won’t or can’t pay him according to his performances.
It said there were no concerns about Salah wanting to leave or missing a new challenge or the opportunity to join a particular club.
Instead, it’s about ‘money, respect and recognition’. As of now, it’s been estimated that Salah earns about a third less per week than Jack Grealish, a player who can’t even match the Egyptian’s output on the pitch.