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‘Liverpool dressing room will be united over Mohamed Salah contract decision’

ROBBIE FOWLER COLUMN: Mohamed Salah is up there among the best players in the world and Liverpool must now reward his performances with a new contract

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Jurgen Klopp lauds Mo Salah after goal v Man City

Mo Salah is, without question, world class.

And, in my opinion, there won’t be one ­dissenting voice in the Liverpool dressing room over the Egyptian being rewarded with a new ­contract that will make him the club’s highest earner.

In all honesty, we’re ­running out of ­superlatives about him, especially after that goal against Manchester City that had a bit of ­everything.

If it had been Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, it would be talked up even more. There were the brilliant touches in tight spaces, the body strength, the pace, the bit of guile and then the ­glorious finish.

I’ll be amazed if there are no conversations about a new contract going on now.



Mo Salah’s Liverpool team-mates would have no problem with him becoming the best paid player at the club




He will almost certainly believe he is worth a bit more than he is earning and, of course, be ­entitled to a pay rise.

Judging by his ­performances right now you have to give him what he wants.

I don’t think you will hear any ­Liverpool fans going against that. But, from a ­financial ­viewpoint, the club have got to look after things long term.

So, of course, there is not going to be a quick ­agreement.

The rest of us all want him to sign a new deal –and the sooner, the better.









Of course, there have been instances in ­dressing rooms in the past where some players have become upset over an individual earning more than the rest.

But, in this instance, ­Liverpool must realise that Mo is now one of the best players in the world, whether they like it or not, and with everything that brings. Having been in ­numerous dressing rooms from a player’s point of view, I honestly don’t think there will be any problems with Mo becoming easily the best- paid player at Anfield.

There will be no, ‘Oh he doesn’t deserve that ­because he is an average player’. No way.

We are talking about one of the standout world players. I would be ­absolutely amazed if there is one single player in that ­Liverpool dressing room who is saying he doesn’t deserve a contract to match his world-class status.



Salah’s recent performances are worthy of a new contract




Forget all about ‘Oh I want this because he’s on that’. Players get what they ­deserve and what their ­performances ­warrant. His ­performances right now warrant a great contract.

What I like about Salah is that he is brilliant in a unique way.

I look at him ­sometimes and think, ‘How has he done that’? He is unorthodox.

At times he doesn’t ­appear comfortable on the ball and has to react when it looks like he has lost control of it.





Suddenly he is back on course and looking ­unstoppable.

It may look like the ball is going away from him and then all of a sudden it’s in the back of the net. There have been ­similarly blessed players, but not with Mo’s style.

He doesn’t look ­technically great, but he gets away with it because he is unbelievably quick and strong.

You just have to go, ‘Wow, how has he done that?’. It’s uniquely ­brilliant.



Mohamed Salah has scored nine goals in nine games this season
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No one in that dressing room, no one playing football in the Premier League would begrudge him that new improved contract.

He calls himself a winger, but I don’t buy into that.

He is playing in the final third. You don’t really have wingers any longer, he’s a forward playing in a great team.

Liverpool are ­outstanding at the ­minute and he is the main catalyst.

With him firing like this, it’s as good a Liverpool team as I have seen.

There have been some great teams in the past, but this one is up there with them. The manager is brilliant, too.







At times there has been some talk about what has he got to do to receive the credit he deserves?

I know, from a ­Liverpool point of view, Salah is idolised, there is no doubt about that.

With the goal against Manchester City, the rest of the country appears to have caught up with that view.

He appears to be ­perfectly happy doing what he is doing for ­Liverpool.

Everyone wants him to remain for however long he wants, happy that he will become the best-paid player.


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