'It makes sense' - Simon Jordan gives blunt Liverpool Mohamed Salah contract verdict

By Mark Wakefield

Renowned pundit Simon Jordan has explained why it “makes financial sense” for Liverpool to give Mohamed Salah a new contract with a pay rise.

The Reds have been locked in negotiations with the 29-year-old since the summer, but are yet to agree to fresh terms.

Salah’s current contract runs until the summer of 2023, and the club hope to extend the Egyptian’s stay at Anfield so he does not enter the final year of his deal.

Liverpool prioritised the extension of contracts throughout the summer, with Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker and Jordan Henderson putting pen to paper on fresh terms.

Sunday saw Salah net his 100th Premier League goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leeds United, which was also his 128th strike in a Reds shirt.

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Former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan says that Liverpool would be wise to give Salah a pay rise with a new deal.

“It makes sense to give him a big pay rise,” Jordan told Talksport.

“You look at the Salah situation and say okay, what’s he worth to Liverpool, what would it cost to replace him, if you have to replace Mohamed Salah because you don’t want to give him a pay hike then you have to bring a player who costs 100 million quid.

“If you bring in a 100 million quid player, what’s his salary going to be? His salary is going to be 3/400 grand-a-week, plus you’re going to have that £100m layout.

“Economically in this deplorable banana republic economics that football exists in then it makes commercial sense to entertain these obscene numbers.

“They’re probably going to hold some ground between what he’s asking for and what they’re offering and that’s a negotiation.

“I suspect so [Salah getting the deal he wants] because where is the negotiation? What’s Liverpool’s opportunity? He’s got two years left to go, they don’t have to do it now, but if they don’t do it now the media pressure will build up.

“The PSG’s will pop up and say ‘we’ll have him off you’ for X amount of money, the Spanish guys that don’t spend any money that get Javier Tebas, the league president criticising everybody else, will be in for him.

“All of a sudden Liverpool will be standing there, fighting the good fight for no particular reason than anyone else’s benefit.”


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