Mohamed Salah has already insisted that if it were up to him, he would remain a Liverpool player until the end of his playing days.
“If you ask me, I would love to stay here until the last day of my football career, but I can’t say much about that — it’s not in my hands. It depends on what the club want, not me,” the 29-year-old said back in October.
He echoed those sentiments even more recently, just three weeks ago claiming: “If the decision is up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool. But the decision is in the hands of the management and they have to solve this issue.”
As things stand, the issue has not been solved and Salah has just 18 months left to run on his current Reds deal, meaning Liverpool are rapidly entering the ‘extend or cash in’ stage of his contract.
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However, people will be quick to highlight Liverpool’s flaws in not getting this tied down sooner, but the idea that Salah also could be making a mistake is one that needs to be explored.
The Egypt international’s former teammate Georginio Wijnaldum is a perfect example, as he approached his 30th birthday he, along with his representatives, acknowledged that that is the marker for a player entering the twilight of his career.
As a result, the Dutchman opted to try and demand one final big day pay from the Reds, who duly responded by telling him they would not be offering him the kind of wages he had requested.
Months later, Wijnaldum finds himself at French giants Paris Saint-Germain, on the kind of wages he wanted at Anfield but with drastically less playing time.
The Netherlands international has completed 90 minutes just five times since joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
While Salah is unlikely to ever be playing second fiddle on the bench wherever he is playing his football, holding out for astronomical wages from Liverpool has backfired for others.
It is obvious that any major club in world football would happily take Salah off the Reds’ hands, but in terms of realistic destinations, Salah is actually hardly spoilt for choice.
He has previously refused to rule out a move to one of the two Spanish giants, but with both Barcelona and Real Madrid in particularly perilous financial situations, La Liga hardly looks like an attractive proposition.
In terms of teams that could afford him, Salah is left with Manchester City – a direct rival that would sour the memories he worked so hard to create in front of the Kop, or join Wijnaldum at PSG.
An inferior league dominated by the Parisians where, as exhibited by Lionel Messi’s struggles, it easy for talent to be stifled alongside a whole host of other superstars in their own right.
Let Wijnaldum’s lack of game time be a stark warning for Salah next time he sits down for negotiations with Liverpool.