Fowler has his own theory regarding Salah’s contract situation


Robbie Fowler has weighed in on Mo Salah’s contract situation at Liverpool as the Egyptian king enters the final year of his current deal.

There is no agreement yet between the 30-year-old and the club on a new contract, but the ex-Red Fowler has suggested the Reds will weigh their options before meeting the winger’s wage demands and to offer him a new contract.

Another of Liverpool’s main men, Sadio Mane, recently left the club for Bayern Munich as he too had just one year left on his contract with Anfield, but Salah has already confirmed he will stay on Merseyside the next season.

“I won’t claim to know what’s going on with his contract, but clearly the answer is: not much. And that leaves so many questions unanswered,” Fowler wrote in his column for the Mirror (via Echo of Liverpool).

“One thing is obvious, the club made very clear, precise and emotionless calculations with Mane. He turns 31 in April, has a lot of running in his legs and wanted a huge contract as one of the best players in the world.

“I don’t blame him for that. Mane is the equal of virtually every world-class star right now, and rightly wanted that recognition with the going rate for the last big deal of his career. What Liverpool did so obviously was manage his analytics – which they do so well to their credit – and decided to sell him to buy Darwin Nunez and keeping his salary structure in place was the right thing for the club. . This begs the question, what calculations did they run on Salah?

“Again, I don’t know all the answers, but what cries out to me so clearly is that they won’t break their pay structure to keep him. If they were willing to do this, it would have happened by now. But look, I can’t blame Salah for wanting the going rate, just like Mane did. He’s the Premier League Golden Boot winner, he’s the Footballer of the Year and with a big shout out of the top three Ballon d’Or.

“What salary does a player in the world’s top three command? He obviously thinks it’s more than what Liverpool are offering. But if my former club performs complex calculations, so does Salah – and that can never be a precise science. I think he said no matter what happens with his contract he will be at Anfield next year was clearly a threat.

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If Salah’s contract situation is not resolved in the near future, he will be allowed to leave the club for free at the end of next season.

It’s a worrying prospect, especially considering that the former AS Roma player has become one of the best players in the world in recent years.

Fowler claimed the club are biding their time with contract negotiations to ensure they make the right decision.

“His calculation is that if he manages to leave Liverpool next summer for free, with his salary and with a big bonus because there is no fee, he will get that level of salary,” he added. . Fowler added.

“It can work, it often does. But there is another calculation, which I am inclined to believe Liverpool are currently performing. Will he still be the same player next summer? Look, he’s been one of the best in the world for a long time now. But since the start of the year, he’s been – by his standards – pretty average.

“Look at his goalscoring record. Six from open play in the whole of 2022, lots of missed chances, a bit of heartache in the Champions League final when he could have won it – and probably the Ballon d’ Gold with. So he and Liverpool have to ask themselves: Is this temporary due to the trying schedule and his efforts for Egypt? Or is time catching up? That’s the question other potential suitors have to Also to be asked, if and when he becomes available, will he be able to remain at the top of world football well into his thirties or will he start to fade?

“I have to admit I’m starting to believe Liverpool fear it’s the latter, otherwise they would have done more with a new deal. And maybe they’re now waiting to see how he starts next season.

Jurgen Klopp has bolstered his attacking options with the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica and Fabio Carvalho from Fulham – Luis Diaz also arrived from FC Porto in January meaning it’s fair to say the future looks bright in the offensive department.

Salah is Liverpool’s main man, however, and after winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot award again last season, Reds fans will want a new deal done for the No.11 sooner rather than later.

It remains to be seen what will happen contract-wise, but let’s hope Mo can live up to his usual high standards again next season to send us back to more silverware.

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