Salah arrived in Liverpool in the summer of 2017 from AS Roma as Decent Winger. And questions were raised whether he can perform in the English top-flight having previously been flopped in Chelsea.
Since then, Salah has played 215 games and has registered 140 goals. The Egyptian Superstar has taken his game to a new level. And above all, it is his quality of goals that are making headlines recently.
Thus, the value of Mohamed Salah to Liverpool seems to grow with every match.
Mohamed Salah running down the wings of Liverpool:
Salah was sensational in his first season scoring 44 goals, the second-highest total by any player in the history of the club. Moreover, he was rightfully chosen for the PFA Player of the Year award.
Salah’s 32 goals in 38 Premier League games broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s previous record of 31 goals.
Salah is the first Liverpool player to score 20+ goals in three consecutive Premier League seasons.
Earlier this season, Salah also became the first player to score in five consecutive opening days in the Premier League.
Salah is also the quickest Liverpool player to reach a century of goals in 151 games.
Last weekend’s hat-trick against Manchester United saw him become the highest-scoring African in Premier League.
The Egyptian is also the first visiting player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Old Trafford.
In Liverpool’s 129 years history, Salah is the first player to score in ten consecutive games.
The records keep coming for the superstar forward and he’ll want to continue his impressive form.
Transition of Liverpool – from Doubters to Believers
In Klopp’s first interview after his appointment as the Reds manager, he spoke about turning the club from Doubter to Believer.
Upon Klopp’s appointment in 2015, the club was lying at the 10th spot in the Premier League table and without a trophy for many years.
Fast forward to 2021, Liverpool have reached the UEFA Champions League finals twice while winning it once. Moreover, the long-awaited trophy finally arrived as Liverpool were crowned as the Premier League Champions in 2019-20.
The team was a step by step procedure and Salah has played a huge role in bringing the glory days back for Liverpool.
Salah is more of a rounded player in terms of his contribution to the team and how he functions within the team. As he not only offers goals but also supplies some magical passes from his Egyptian boots.
According to many football pundits, there is no one in the world currently who has displayed a better performance than Salah. Thus, many including the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admits that Salah is the best player in the footballing world at the moment.
Liverpool depends a lot on the talisman to lead the front line. As we saw last season when the team was underperforming it was Salah who chipped in with important goals.
Salah finished second just behind Harry Kane for the race to Premier League Golden Boot with 22 goals last season.
Liverpool had produced some of the best footballers in the history and Salah has added his name right to the top of the list.
Back in 2015, no one would have believed this dream scenario where the best player in the world would be playing for Liverpool.
What will it take for Liverpool to re-sign Salah
The Telegraph reports that it is going to take something in the range of £400k per week to retain the services of Salah. The Egyptian’s extension demand is double what he’s earning.
A deal of that size will blow the current wage structure of Liverpool’s Board.
Salah’s seeking wages would make him Premier League’s highest earners alongside the likes of Kevin De Bryune and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The two aspects that is against paying the big bucks
Firstly, the old assumption which says players’ abilities tend to decline post 30. The risk for Liverpool could be if Salah’s form falls down and the club would be stuck paying silly money for years.
Recently people have seen how other clubs have struggled with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Gareth Bale etc.
Secondly, raising Salah’s wage to such a level would cause others in the squad to seek their own wage hikes, which could possibly prove costly for Liverpool and potentially unsettle the dressing room.
However, world class Salah who is creating havoc on opponents definitely deserves to be among the highest-paid football in the league.
And now Liverpool hierarchy has a huge decision to make on Salah’s extension. And it would be interesting to see whether Liverpool can afford to sign Salah up for few more years.
Meanwhile, the good news for Liverpool fans is that the Egyptian never wants to leave the Reds. Thus, salah is one of those who would like to follow the notion “Once a Red always a Red”