Mo Salah has been linked with a move away from Liverpool this week amid his contractual issues, and Robbie Fowler has weighed in with his opinion on the matter.
Writing in The Mirror, the Liverpool great stated Liverpool clearly ran some “unemotional calculations” when debating whether to extend Sadio Mané’s contract. Fowler asks the question, “what calculations have they run on Salah?”
Fowler notes that Salah’s form has dipped considerably in recent months and wonders whether “time is catching up” with the Egyptian international.
In Fowler’s eyes, the question thus has to be, can Salah “stay at the summit of world football well into his 30s, or will he begin to fade?”
And the Egyptian's form isn’t the only issue confronting Liverpool as they mull over whether to hand him a new deal. There’s also the major problem of the club’s wage structure.
Fowler is of the opinion that Liverpool “won’t be breaking their wage structure to keep him.”
The former England international believes a new deal for Salah “would have happened by now” if Liverpool were willing to hand him the £400,000 a week he desires.
But the issue, as Fowler elucidates, is that is not how Liverpool operate as a footballing institution.
They are not Manchester United. They don’t give the big-name players whatever they want just to keep them happy.
Liverpool instead look to acquire the services of humble, yet top class players, who aren’t looking to obtain an extortionate salary.
It’s part of the reason for why Darwin Nuñez has been brought in this summer to replace Mané.
The Uruguay international may have cost Liverpool up to £85.5 million through transfer fees, but he demands a weekly wage of just over £100,000 a week. Mané on the other hand wanted his weekly intake quadrupled.
Liverpool are right to be thinking carefully about whether to offer Salah a mega new deal.
If the 30-year-old isn’t willing to budge on his economic demands, Liverpool may have to consider selling him this summer.