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Mohamed Salah will sign a new Liverpool contract and it is “completely normal” that negotiations drag on, according to Michael Owen.
The Egyptian winger has proven to be a sensational signing for Jurgen Klopp following his move from Roma in 2017. He recently hit his 150th Reds goal and also became the fifth fastest player to score 100 Premier League goals in September.
In fact, Salah has enjoyed constant form in front of goal for almost five full seasons and now sees the numerical reward.
But speculation continues over the numbers involved in his upcoming new one liverpool share.
The 29-year-old wants to become the highest paid player at Anfield and overtake Virgil van Dijk. However, Liverpool do not want to go too far from their salary structure.
Reds boss Klopp has insisted that with one of the best players in the world playing at the peak of his career, Salahs potential new contract requires long discussions.
Talking to BBC Sports, the former Liverpool striker Owen insisted that Klopp’s team will make a deal. He added that a shock move to Manchester City is the only viable exit route for Salah.
“I would be very surprised if Mo Salah did not sign with Liverpool. What are the options at the moment?” said the expert.
“You only go sideways to Manchester City or down somewhere else because there is no one else as good as these two teams in the world at the moment.
“Let us give all time, for these things do not happen overnight.
“You’re talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world and one of the biggest players in the world, and that player is about to sign the biggest contract of his life.
“I think it’s perfectly normal for the negotiations to drag on a bit.”
Liverpool must not give in – Owen
Owen added that Liverpool need to stick to their principles and not just give Salah what he wants.
“You can’t give the players what they want. The whole match would be a disaster if that were the case,” the 42-year-old said.
“Liverpool have to run it as a business. Of course they can not give any player what they want, because if you do, then there are plenty of other players in the squad who could knock on Jurgen Klopp’s door and say : ‘Well, wait a minute, if he’s in on this. Then I should be on this’. Then the whole structure they’ve built so well over the years would fall apart.
“I’m sure Liverpool are very sensitive, I’m sure Mo Salah and his representatives are all very sensitive and understand it. It’s just a case of them finding the middle ground and hopefully everyone finding it pretty quickly .
“Mo Salah needs to think about the chances of success in the future – if he thinks in those terms, then Liverpool are ticking in that field. It’s just a question of whether they are also ticking financially.”
Salah output connections continue to emerge
But as the wait for a concrete Liverpool update continues in both ways, exit links for Salah continue to emerge.
The Egyptian national team player has long had connections to a switch to La Liga. Barcelona reportedly had discussions about a transfer for the player in 2018.
And despite Blaugrana ultimately never making a deal, Salah reportedly gave the Camp Nou club tempting signs.
Recently, however, a switch to Juventus has emerged as another option for Salah.
While the player left Roma for Liverpool, he also played the lead role in Fiorentina and therefore would have no trouble finding his feet back in Italy.
For now, however, his only focus is on the Reds’ accusations of an unprecedented quadrupling of trophies.