Salah and Liverpool got off to a flying start to the Premier League last weekend as they won 3-0 at Carrow Road, with the Egyptian bagging one goal and assisting the two others as Jürgen Klopp’s men look to mount a better title challenge than the one they did last season.
But some things at the club are about more than just what is happening this season, some of it also focuses on what is happening beyond that, with a report from The Athletic noting that Liverpool and Salah are in the process of negotiating a new contract at Anfield. The report states that “the hope is he will commit his future for a further two years”, with his current deal expiring in 2023.
Speaking about the matter on TalkSport, when asked by host Jim White about if Liverpool fans should be concerned that he hasn’t signed a new deal yet, Sinclair agreed that the fans should be, but hopes that it will be sorted soon:
“They should be concerned, because, for me, he’s their most valuable player, as in the amount of goals he brings to the team consistently over the last three or four years.
“I was at the game at Norwich, he was the best player at Carrow Road, the best player on the pitch. Scored his goal, was involved in another goal, and he is integral to the way that team play. Going forward, I think he’s become a bit of a leader.
“He is a great player, and he’s a great goalscorer. And unless Liverpool want to risk losing him, they’ve got to give them top dollar, because I feel he deserves it. I think he’s their best player, I really do.”
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Should Salah be handed a new contract?
Given that Salah has found himself linked with moves away from the club in the past, with Barcelona and Real Madrid two of the teams mentioned as potential options for him to move to, the longer that contract negotiations go on, it’s understandable the fears might begin to grow amongst the Anfield faithful.
He is 29 now and approaching the time of his career when clubs might be wary about his ability when he turns 30, with some clubs operating with an ‘over 30s’ policy.
But given that Salah is such an important part of the team with the goals that he brings, with 126 so far in his Liverpool career, it is imperative that even if he does suffer a slight decline in his ability as he gets older, he can be productive for the time being at Liverpool rather than letting him come back and bite them by playing for another club whilst he’s still in his prime.
So for that reason, it is important for Liverpool to make sure they lock him down to a new deal now rather than get into a situation where he’ll be in prime position to be pinched next summer when his deal reaches the last 12 months.