Reds fans around the world have been reacting to Mohamed Salah’s exclusive interview with GQ. The Egyptian King was photographed looking extremely stylish in a 94/95 LFC home shirt and a pair of very short shorts.
The most significant part of Mo’s day with GQ was – of course – him reacting to The Redmen TV’s ‘Is Mohamed Salah the Best Football Player in the World?’ article…
The other big news from the interview surrounded the dreaded ‘c’ word – Mo’s contract. Goal.com’s Neil Jones is a frequent visitor to the AXA Training Centre and has his ear very much to the ground regarding Salah potentially signing on the dotted line.
On the latest episode of our Journo Insight Show, we asked Neil for any updates on the Mo Salah contract saga.
‘If you think about the Gini Wijnaldum situation.. now, I know that they are different levels of player, but that was signposted from probably 18 months out that Gini’s contract wasn’t sorted. He [Klopp] never said things like he’s said about Mo. He’s saying now “we want him to stay, he wants to stay, we know that we’ve had good conversations”.
I think the fact that Salah and Klopp have both been so candid in what they are saying in different ways does bode well for Liverpool. There’s a reason he’s doing an interview with GQ magazine. I don’t think he says anything without thought, without discussion prior. He would have known that [contract question] was coming, he probably vetted the questions that were coming.
There isn’t really much of an opposition to what Salah wants among the fanbase, among people like myself, media pundits, whoever, so I think it looks like it’s going in one direction to me. I’ve thought that for a while. I think it looks like it will come to a resolution. When and what that resolution will be, I think we’re all just waiting to see. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if it was sorted out swiftly.’
Liverpool fans worldwide will be hoping Neil is right to be so optimistic about the chances of Mo signing in the near future, and the fact that someone with the contacts Neil has is confident in a deal getting done will delight a lot of Reds’ supporters.
The contract will be, by far, the biggest in the club’s history and may have a knock-on effect in terms of the wage demands of other players. It is, therefore, only right that a significant amount of time and care goes into making sure the deal suits both sides.
FSG may be slightly trepidatious given the progress (or lack thereof) of Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang since he signed a bumper deal at around the age Salah is now.
In reality, there is simply no option than to agree a deal or face all hell breaking loose!
Salah’s goalscoring output is unmatched by any Liverpool player since the Second World War, and replacing those goals would cost an unbelievable amount in the transfer market.
Let us all hope that Mo will be running down the wing for many years yet!