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PHIL THOMPSON: Liverpool must be sensible in Mo Salah contract talks

PHIL THOMPSON: Liverpool must tie Mo Salah to a new deal, but he must be sensible in the negotiations … paying him whatever he wants can be very damaging in the locker room.

  • Liverpool have to find a sensible way to secure a new contract for Mohamed Salah
  • It can mean accumulating bonuses to reward sustained levels of performance.
  • Paying him what he wants can set a dangerous precedent for the team
  • Ibrahima Konate stood out at Old Trafford and shone alongside Van Dijk


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I’m not in the field of giving Mo Salah what he wants, but Liverpool have to find a sensible way to tie him to a new contract.

It’s going to cost around £ 350,000 a week and I understand the clamor for ‘just pay what you want’, but Liverpool’s situation is its age and it sets a precedent ahead of other world-class players like Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane. .

They have to be sensible in negotiations. That may mean accumulating loyalty bonuses to increase your earnings towards the end to reward and encourage sustained levels of performance. They have to be very careful.

Liverpool have to find a sensible way to tie Mohamed Salah to a new contract

Liverpool have to find a sensible way to tie Mohamed Salah to a new contract

At the moment they cannot replace it. Finding someone who can provide similar statistics would cost in the region of £ 100 million and that would cost £ 350,000 or £ 400,000 weekly wages.

He says he wants to stay at Liverpool for life and that worries me sometimes, as those statements are often a precursor to a player who runs out of a contract. We need your agent to meet us in the middle.

Liverpool made him the superstar he is today. It should be rewarded, but the deal should be done with the head rather than the heart, as paying those numbers can be detrimental to a dressing room and to the club if you don’t structure things correctly.

If Mo Salah stays at the club and continues to win trophies, he will establish himself as one of the top three players of all time in Liverpool and that is an achievement in itself.

Giving him what he wants can be detrimental in the dressing room and in the club

Giving him what he wants can be detrimental in the dressing room and in the club

Giving him what he wants can be detrimental in the dressing room and in the club

Ibrahima Konate was outstanding at Old Trafford and fitted in well alongside Virgil van Dijk

Ibrahima Konate was outstanding at Old Trafford and fitted in well alongside Virgil van Dijk

Ibrahima Konate was outstanding at Old Trafford and fitted in well alongside Virgil van Dijk

For me, they are Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and John Barnes, but Mo is becoming a great icon of this club.

His performance against United was fantastic, but he and Liverpool weren’t even in their prime. I was surprised as I had predicted a 2-2 draw beforehand, but United was absolutely shocking.

Paul Pogba’s challenge to Naby Keita was outrageous and underscored how they played. Gerard Houllier always used to say “play these great games with fire in your stomach and ice in your brain”. United melted from the start and they lost the plot.

The other advantage for me was Ibrahima Konate’s performance in just his second game.

What a baptism. He was powerful, he read the game well and seems like an excellent partner for van Dijk. Jurgen Klopp and his staff made some big decisions with the Konate call-up, they stayed with Keita and put Mane on the bench, but they gave it their all.

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