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Liverpool have begun negotiations to make Mohamed Salah the highest-paid player in the club’s history with a new four-year deal, according to reports.
The Egyptian winger – widely regarded as one of the most important players in Jurgen Klopp’s squad – is currently on a £200,000-a-week contract that runs until the summer of 2023.
Reds sporting director Michael Edwards is currently on a contract extension spree after renewing deals for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Trent Alexander-Arnold this summer.
And according to The Athletic, Liverpool want to extend Salah’s contract by a further two years until 2025 in a record-breaking deal for the Merseyside club.
The reported deal means Salah would hold that contract until he is 33 years of age and would extend his Anfield career to eight years. Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk is currently the Reds best earner on a reported £220,000-a-week deal.
The 29-year-old has scored 126 goals and registered 49 assists in 204 matches since making the switch to Liverpool from Roma in the summer of 2017.
Salah made an immediate impact at Liverpool, scoring 44 goals in all competitions in his debut season, while he ended last year as the Premier League Golden Boot runner-up with 22 strikes, one behind winner Harry Kane.
The Reds winger has begun the current campaign in similar goalscoring form, finding the net in Liverpool’s opening Premier League match of the season away at Norwich, whilst also setting up two other goals in the 3-0 win.
Salah has long been linked with a move away from Liverpool and refused to rule out a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid later in his career in December last year.
His former Egypt team-mate Mohamed Aboutrika revealed last winter that he called Salah at the time and the Liverpool star revealed he was unhappy at the club.
But a contract renewal would be a major boost to Liverpool as they would be able to keep hold of their main man as he enters the final peak years of his career, and his renewal would be the latest in a long line of extensions signed by Reds first-team stars.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was the first to pen a new deal by signing a four-year extension in late July, and the England right-back’s statement of commitment was swiftly followed by a contract for Brazilian midfielder Fabinho days later.
Goalkeeper Alisson also penned a new deal in the first week of July while Van Dijk also signed on the dotted line last week.
It was reported this week that club captain Jordan Henderson is also eyeing up a new three-year contract after doubts over his future, while Salah’s strike partner Sadio Mane is another player Liverpool want to commit to their future on Merseyside.