Mo Salah’s ongoing contract talks with Liverpool have been well documented in recent months, with the Merseyside club yet to come to an agreement with the Egyptian.
The former Chelsea winger has been exceptional for Liverpool this season, reaching 10 goals in nine Premier League matches as he bagged a hat-trick against fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Salah’s form, as well as admitting that he wanted to finish his career at Anfield last week, is putting increasing pressure on Fenway Sports Group to give the 29-year-old what he wants in order to hold on to their star man and Football Insider have now learned that the figure Salah is wanting is £500,000 a week.
Despite being regarded as the ‘best player in the world’ at the minute, Salah’s current salary certainly doesn’t reflect that.
The Egypt international has been one of the Premier League’s shining stars since he arrived at Anfield in 2017, however he isn’t even in the top 15 highest paid players in England.
Salah is currently on £200k p/w, with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne on double that and Cristiano Ronaldo bringing in over £500k p/w.
Even the likes of Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial and John Stones are getting paid more than Salah, so it is no surprise that he is looking for a fresh contract.
Liverpool spent their summer agreeing contract extensions with their key players - with Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson all agreeing new deals with the Reds.
Salah is the one that all fans will be eagerly waiting for and FSG will have to break the bank if they are to agree to hand him a new £500k p/w contract.
The US-based owners will definitely be aware of the backlash they will face if they fail to meet Salah’s demands - especially given the lack of money spent during the summer as Liverpool supporters watched on while their Premier League rivals signed the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Romelu Lukaku.
Salah became the highest-scoring African player in Premier League history (107) yesterday as he leap-frogged former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba (104) in the standings.
The Egyptian will also be hoping to make it 11 consecutive games that he has scored in this season as Jurgen Klopp’s side host fifth place Brighton & Hove Albion next weekend.
Liverpool will first travel to Deepdale to take on Preston North End in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.