Steve McManaman fires warning to Liverpool over Mo Salah contract
Former Liverpool midfielder, Steve McManaman, has issued a frank warning to the Reds and FSG when it comes to the new contract for Mo Salah.
Liverpool are yet to agree new terms with Salah, with the club said to be keen on getting a deal done before the new year, according to reports over the weekend.
Salah is expected to become the top earner if he does sign. A wage of around £300k-a-week is being touted, putting the forward at the top of the pile at Anfield.
However, former winger McManaman believes the club need to be careful when it comes to Salah and warned FSG that they can’t pay over the odds, or risk ‘chaos’.
“If he wants half a million a week, that won’t happen at Liverpool, but you would hope he wants something the club can afford and if that’s the case, then I’d expect him to stay,” McManaman told Sunday World.
“You can’t go ballistic paying wages to try and compete with PSG or Man City because they are in a different world financially. We’ve seen situations where one player gets a huge pay rise and then the next star player is upset and wants the same. It causes chaos in the team. You have to try and keep lid on it somewhere.”
Sunday World claim that Virgil van Dijk is currently the top earner on around £220k-a-week at the club. Salah’s new deal would eclipse that.
TBR’s View: McManaman has a point but Salah so crucial
The former Reds man does make a good point. You can’t just blow an entire club structure out of the water for one player.
On the flipside, though, if you’re going to up it and pay someone in this Liverpool team the mega bucks, then it’s Mo Salah. Surely his teammates accept his importance and in turn, the contract on offer.
Liverpool just need to get Salah tied down to a new contract. The option of replacing him is expensive as well, and comes with the added risk of a new player not having the same impact.