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Liverpool say no to Salah's wage demands

The Egyptian star's agent has met with club officials but no progress has been made over a new contract due to the high wage demands..

Liverpool say no to Salah's wage demands
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Mohamed Salah's contract negotiations with Liverpool continue. As Reds manager Jürgen Klopp explained a few days ago, it is a very lengthy and complex operation in which a host of issues need to be considered. The player's agent has made requests which Liverpool are not willing to accept - at least for the moment. According to The Mirror, Salah is asking for a contract which would see him paid 400,000 euros a week. The Egyptian forward made it clear to his agent during talks with the club that he doesn't think his salary demands are excessive. He currently earns around 240,000 euros a week - the same as Thiago.

Cristiano Ronaldo earns 500,000 euros a week at Manchester United, and at 36, he's much older than Salah. Kevin De Bruyne signed a new contracto with Manchester City last year with his wages rising to 400,000 a week. Salah's agent Ramy Abbas Issa has used both examples during  his conversations with Liverpool. For the time being, the club's reply has been very clear - no.

"I know that Mo wants to stay. We want Mo to stay. That's where we are. These things take time - I cannot change that, sorry. I think it is in a good place,"Klopp explained during his press conference ahead of the EFL Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal. "But these things take time. There are so many things that you have to do in these negotiations - and by the way, there is a third party, the agent is there as well. There is nothing to worry about, it's a normal process".

A few days earlier, Salah gave an interview to GQ magazine in which he spoke about his contract demands. He explained that as a far as he is concerned, it is more about recognition than money. "I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff," he said

Salah's contract will expire in the summer of 2023 and talks to renew terms are at a standstill. We will see over the coming weeks or months whether an agreement can be reached for Salah to get his wish and extend his stay at Anfield...