Liverpool are confident Mohamed Salah will follow Virgil van Dijk in signing a new, lucrative contract extension to remain at Anfield long-term, according to Goal.
Van Dijk became the latest player to pen new terms at Liverpool when he signed a four-year deal on Friday. The Dutch centre-back is now under contract through to 2025 and is one of the top-earners at the club.
Liverpool had already extended Trent Alexander-Arnold’s commitment to 2025, Fabinho to 2026 and Alisson to 2027 this summer. Jurgen Klopp’s Merseyside outfit also hope to agree terms with star full-back Andrew Robertson, per Goal, but are first focusing on Salah.
Salah became Liverpool’s priority for a new contract once Van Dijk’s deal was confirmed on Friday morning. The Egyptian has two-years remaining on his current deal, and would be due a lucrative pay rise with any extension.
Anfield chiefs are confident Salah will commit his future to the club in due course, despite some speculation this year. ESPN reported in April that some first-team players sensed the 29-year-old was eying a new challenge after four-years at Anfield.
But Liverpool boosted their chances of convincing Salah to stay by qualifying for the Champions League on the final day. The £200,000-per-week winger played a key role in the Reds clinching third, netting 22 goals in 37 appearances, only Harry Kane (23) scored more.
Liverpool to retain ‘exceptional’ Salah with new contract?
Salah ended last season with 31 goals and six assists across all competitions after helping Liverpool to also reach the Champions League quarter-final. He scored the Reds’ only goal of the two-legged Real Madrid tie, as well, to net in four-straight UEFA fixtures.
Klopp was full of praise for Salah last season after the Egyptian reached 30 goals for the campaign. Noting how the 68-cap playmaker went from an occasional goal threat to a prolific and regular Golden Boot contending forward.
Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com: “With Mo, from the guy who scores from time to time and is a really good football player to this goalscoring machine is a massive development. He is an outstanding signing.
“But for sure the way he developed, the way he treats himself, the game preparation, the training preparation, training attitude and all these kind of things, that’s exceptional. That’s a real role model and he deserves all that, absolutely.”