Liverpool’s Salah decision made easier as true cost of Haaland transfer emerges

Mohamed Salah is reportedly demanding astronomical wages to sign a new contract at Liverpool, just like Erling Haaland will do if he leaves Borussia Dortmund next summer

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Liverpool ‘s decision on Mohamed Salah has been made easier after the cost of Erling Haaland ‘s transfer emerged.

The Reds are reportedly still weighing up sanctioning an extension to Salah’s contract, which expires in 2023, due to the Egyptian demanding wages of £400,000 per-week.

Such a salary would shatter the wage structure of Jurgen Klopp ‘s squad and could cause long-term damage, despite Salah’s superb start to the season.

But the decision to retain arguably the best player in the world may well be the cheaper option, given an alternative being even more costly.

ESPN report that Haaland will demand wages of £30million per-year if he leaves Borussia Dortmund for a new club next summer – equating to more than £500,000 per week.

Haaland is reportedly demanding wages of £30m per-year

That will come on top of his £68million release clause which actives in eight months’ time and Mino Raiola ‘s agents fee.

It is added that Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid all in the race to sign the 21-year-old but Liverpool have also consistently been linked.

So despite Salah’s list of accomplishments in the game already, Haaland would be the more costly investment – largely due to him being eight years younger – with a war of wages set for summer 2022.

Klopp and co have signed numerous first-team stars to new long-term deals in recent months but the 29-year-old remains the outstanding player yet to commit his future.

Salah’s Liverpool contract expires in 2023



But Salah’s 12 goals in 11 domestic and Champions League games this term make him the current better of the two as well as being proven in the Premier League, unlike striking sensation Haaland.

According to Anfield legend Ian Rush, the forward’s form will be the main catalyst behind the Reds competing for silverware this season.

“One of the reasons I fancy Liverpool on all fronts this season is because Mohamed Salah is in the form of his life,” Rush told

“I agree with Jurgen Klopp – I think he’s the best player in world football right now. I can’t think of a more in-form player at the top level.

“You look at the next generation coming through – the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland – they are fantastic but they’re not quite at Salah’s level just yet.”

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The former Merseyside marksman, who is “not concerned” about Salah leaving, went on to say: “He actually reminds me of [Lionel] Messi in his pomp.

“Salah is now in the prime of his career and Liverpool can beat anyone with such a player on their books.

“We all know there’s been a bit of background noise surrounding his contract talks but I’m not concerned at all by that and I fully expect Salah and the club to come to an agreement soon.

Rush added: “He loves playing for these fans, he’s in the form of his life and Liverpool look capable of winning major honours again.

“There’s every reason to be positive about his future.”

Fellow club legend Jamie Carragher believes his former employers must do everything to keep their talisman in a red shirt.

“He is one of the greatest players to play for Liverpool,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.

“The club have lost Roger Hunt in the last few days, one of the greatest goalscorers the club has ever seen.

“Mo Salah is one of them, in terms of Ian Rush, Roger Hunt… Mo Salah is up there. He goes into a Liverpool greatest XI.

“You think of the greatest players Liverpool have had – he goes on that right side, there’s absolutely no doubt about it.

“I know the situation Liverpool are in,” the ex-centre-back noted. “They don’t have the finances of Manchester City when you think of the wages they give out.

“But right now, Salah is playing as well as anyone in European football.

“Liverpool cannot afford to let his contract situation drag on, with the threat they could lose him in the next two years.”

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