18/10/2021; 1:11 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Chelsea fans will look at Liverpool and Mohammed Salah with lustful eyes, knowing that the mercurial forward could have been plying his trade for the club.
Over the weekend, Liverpool ran riot at Vicarage Road, thrashing Watford 5-0. Mohamed Salah was at the thick of things as he marshalled his side, temporarily to the top of the table. The Egyptian's recent performance has led to the growing feeling that he is the best player in the world.
Mohamed Salah has had his best start to a season in a Liverpool shirt.
Jurgen Klopp thinks that there is currently no player in the world who comes close to Salah. The Egyptian is in imperious form and has been a source of worry for the Anfield side. The contract extension has been a thorny issue for Liverpool as Salah is demanding a huge pay rise.
As the praises fall in thick and fast for Salah, his agent works day and night to get him a deal that befits his status. Salah has less than two years to run on his current contract, and the board is bent on sorting out his contract issue as quickly as possible. This comes as a priority, especially with clubs like PSG already setting their sights on the player.
The sticking point that has delayed a deal from happening is the bumper pay package that Salah wants. Salah's agent Ramy Abbas Issa reportedly arrived in England on Saturday to continue the contract discussions for his client.
Salah chose that day to serve up a delicious performance to highlight his importance and value to the team. He struck his 104 Premier League goals and set tongues wagging. Salah is open to staying at Liverpool. According to The Mirror, Ramy Abbas Issa wants his client to be Liverpool's highest-paid player. Issa and Salah want a pay rise that will bring his salary to £500,000 a week.
Mo Salah arrived at Liverpool on 22 June 2017 for an initial £36.5 million fee that could rise to £43 million. The 29-year-old has underlined his importance to the club every season. He has scored 104 Premier League goals for the club in 155 appearances.
Salah has helped Liverpool win several titles. Salah's goals were instrumental to the club, winning the UEFA Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2020. In 2018, his injury in the final of the UEFA Champions League left Liverpool's trophy ambitions in tatters.
Individual awards have not eluded the talented Egyptian as he has won several awards at Liverpool. Amongst the awards won are the PFA Players' Player of the Year: 2017–18, the FWA Footballer of the Year: 2017–18, the Premier League Golden Boot: 2017–18, 2018–19, and the Premier League Player of the Season: 2017–18.
Saturday's Salah show was another example of what Salah can do. Liverpool will have to dig deep to keep Mo Salah.