Former Liverpool legend Jimmy Carragher stated that he admires the owners of the “Reds” for changing the club’s contract policy, but was surprised by his coach Jurgen Klopp’s statements about the extension of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah’s contract .
Mohamed Salah’s contract with Liverpool expires in the summer of 2023 and the Egyptian player is reported to want a £500,000 weekly salary to sign a new contract.
“I have often said that I admire Liverpool’s owners for changing the club’s contract policy,” Carragher told The Telegraph.
He added: “They’ve done a lot of the right things, but it’s positive for your club to nurture one of the best players in the world and make him a global icon.
He continued: “For me, the club is expanding the stadium by making commercial deals, to get good contracts and keep the best when it has to sign new contracts with them.”
He continued: “Liverpool owners recently did this with Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.”
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has vowed that Jordan Henderson’s contract extension crisis will be resolved after a brief standoff, and this was done immediately, but says he is “not involved” in negotiations to extend Salah’s contract.
Carragher commented: “It seems odd, there is good reason why Salah’s contract matter was not resolved with the same speed, if this matter was not explained to us satisfactorily by the club.”
But Carragher also wondered if Salah would find a better destination in the event of his departure from Liverpool, saying: “Where is Salah going? Only Manchester City, United and Paris Saint-Germain can afford this huge salary that the Egyptian player has paid.” Will they pay him when he’s 31? In 2023? Does Mo really want to join a Manchester club and tarnish his legacy and history at Anfield?”
And he continued: “In 25 years, the public will watch this era and think how lucky they were to see Salah’s goals, and they will revisit the videos and his stats with a sense of awe.”
“I hope they don’t look back and ask: Why did he leave before he had a chance to beat Roger Hunt’s record?” he concluded.