As the 2017/18 football season ends, players involved in championship and relegation battles or the push for European silverware have their minds on the job at hand. However, there has been much talk in the past few days of a new contract on the table for Mohamed Salah.
There has not been any other player in the recent history of the game who has seen his stock rise as quickly as Salah this season.
Having joined Liverpool from Roma, Salah has been a revelation, scoring a total of 43 goals in 47 appearances. Considering Liverpool are way off the pace in terms of the Premier League title, this is a fantastic return and one nobody saw coming at the start of the campaign.
Top Clubs on Alert
Salah’s exploits have opened the eyes of Europe’s biggest clubs and Real Madrid have been linked with a summer move for the forward. With Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema possibly leaving the Santiago Bernabeu, it opens a gap in the squad and Zinedine Zidane will see Salah as one of the potential replacements.
This will have Liverpool on a high alert and the Reds are reportedly in the process of making a new offer to Salah, which will see him remain at Anfield until 2023. Not only that but a new contract will see Salah double his wages and reports have set a new five-year deal worth £185,000 a week.
Firmino Signs Deal
If Salah was to put pen to paper on a new deal at Liverpool, he will be following in the footsteps of his fellow forward, Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian has not had the same impact on the team as Salah in terms of goals but his overall contribution cannot be underestimated. Firmino has 27 goals to his name this season, which is a very good return and has created 16 goals for his team mates, some of which have gone to Salah.
The pair work very well together in attacking situations and that was shown to great effect when Liverpool dismantled the Roma defence in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Anfield last week.
Time is of the Essence
With Firmino singing a new deal at Liverpool, Salah will surely be tempted to follow suit and the Egyptian has not shown any desire to leave after just one season at the club. However, his performances have increased his stock considerably and Liverpool cannot afford to rest on their laurels, if they want to keep Salah for the next few years.
If Liverpool do come forward with a new deal for Salah, expect to see the Egyptian sign it and remain at Anfield.