Salah has entered the final two years of his deal at Liverpool, with a new contract for the Egyptian now a priority for the Reds after his starring role in Saturday’s win over Norwich
Liverpool have been warned they must pay Mohamed Salah “top dollar” or risk losing their Egyptian star as his contract runs down.
He played a key role in their opening day win over Norwich City on Saturday, scoring once and providing the assist for two more as the Reds eased to a 3-0 victory.
But his current contract has just two years left to run, having last signed a new deal in 2018, with an underlying fear that Liverpool may have to sell him next summer to avoid seeing him leave for free.
Salah has previously stated his desire to play for one of the La Liga giants, with rumours of a potential exit intensifying in last season’s winter transfer window.
The Reds have already handed new contracts to four players so far this summer, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Allisson and Virgil Van Dijk committing their future to the club.
All four have signed deals that will keep them at Anfield for at least the next four years, with Jordan Henderson also set to put pen to paper on an extension.
Attention among the club’s hierarchy should now turn to tying down Salah to a long-term deal, with former Manchester City star Trevor Sinclair believing they must pay “top dollar” to the Egyptian.
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“He is a great player and a great goalscorer and unless Liverpool want to risk losing him, they’ve got to give him top dollar,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“Because I feel he deserves it. I think he’s their best player, I really do. We’re talking about Liverpool, so the top earner at Liverpool would be Van Dijk, he’s got to be superseding that.
“He’s a goalscorer, it’s much more difficult to score goals than it is to do anything else on a football pitch and he does that easily.”
Sinclair is also under no illusions as to Salah’s importance to boss Jurgen Klopp and hailed his performance against the Canaries last weekend.
“They should be concerned, because for me, he’s their most valuable player, as in the goals he brings to the team, consistently over the last three or four years,” Sinclair said.
“I was at the game at Norwich, he was the best player at Carrow Road. Best player on the pitch. Scored his goal, was involved in another goal.
“He is integral to the way that team play going forward. He’s become a bit of a leader.
“He stayed on his feet, I think the new directives with the officiating, he’s jumped on that and realised if there’s a little bit of contact, he’s not going to get the foul.”
Liverpool sit third in the Premier League after the first round of games, with Klopp’s men next hosting Burnley in a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
Salah will be looking to overtake Bruno Fernandes in the top scorer standings, with only Paul Pogba ahead of him for assists.