Former Liverpool legend Jimmy Carragher stated that he admires the owners of the “Reds” for changing the contracting policy in the club, but was surprised by his coach Jurgen Klopp’s statements about the renewal of the contract of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah.
Mohamed Salah’s contract with Liverpool expires in the summer of 2023, and reports claim that the Egyptian player wants to get a weekly salary of 500,000 pounds to sign a new contract.
“I have said many times that I admire the owners of Liverpool for changing the club’s contracting policy,” Carragher told the British newspaper, The Telegraph.
He added: “They did a lot of the right things, but helping to nurture one of the best players in the world and make him a global icon is positive for your club.
He continued: “For me, the club is expanding the stadium, doing commercial deals, in order to conclude good contracts and keep the best when it needs to sign new contracts with them.”
He continued: “The owners of Liverpool did this recently with Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.”
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has vowed that Jordan Henderson’s contract renewal crisis will be resolved after a short impasse, and this was done immediately, but he says he is “not involved” in the negotiations to renew Salah’s contract.
Carragher commented: “It seems strange, is there a good reason why Salah’s contract case was not resolved at the same speed, if this matter was not explained by the club satisfactorily to us.”
But Carragher also wondered if Salah would find a better destination in the event of his departure from Liverpool, saying: “Where will Salah go? Only Manchester City, United and Paris Saint-Germain can afford this huge salary that the Egyptian player wants. Will they pay him when he is 31 years old? In 2023? Does Mo really want to join a Manchester club and tarnish his legacy and history at Anfield?”
And he continued: “25 years from now, the public will review this era and think about how lucky they were to watch Salah’s goals, and they will re-watch the videos and see his statistics 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.