Jamie Carragher reacts to Mohamed Salah's new three-year contract with Liverpool. Jamie Carragher says he is "delighted" Mohamed Salah has signed a new three-year contract and that Liverpool were right to pay the forward big money to stay at Anfield. There was speculation that Egypt could leave the Reds next summer, with only one year left for his previous contract to run out. However, he has now put pen to paper on a deal that would see him earn more than £350,000 weekly by 2025. Liverpool have a carefully managed salary structure, but with the departures of Sadio Mane and Divok Origi, Sky Sports pundit Carragher believes his former club has made Salah the highest-paid player in the club's history. Use the freed-up money wisely.
"Losing Mane, sad to see the front three break ups. Over the past few months, a lot of Liverpool fans were resigned to the fact that Salah could look through the last 12 months of his contract and then move on, And maybe the club was not ready to go to the numbers he wanted or felt he deserved and he will leave the club. Mohamed Salah says he will join Liverpool after agreeing on a new three-year deal. "But I think that Origi has moved on, and Mane has moved on, and Liverpool probably brought in an attacking player who is on equal pay. I think that two are gone, and one has come means they can probably get closer to the numbers they want to know." Liverpool has never really gotten to that level in terms of numbers, certainly under FSG - and I think a lot of Liverpool fans respect that model because it has brought a lot of success to the club, so they almost accept how they go about things and not just players. Not only with the contracts but also with the players signing.
"I don't think there would have been much criticism if Salah was gone. But I think when you have someone special as Salah you definitely have to bow down to them, maybe not necessarily break them. Might have to move closer to a position you probably don't want."
Carragher says Salah already enjoys great status at Liverpool, but he hopes the 30-year-old will continue to maintain the same performance level in recent seasons over the next three years. Does I think he can be like Cristiano Ronaldo, still scoring goals in the Premier League," said Carragher. There's a good chance you won't see any drop in his numbers." Salah is already a Liverpool legend; if he had moved on in 12 months, he would still be a legend. Players like him, Alisson, Van Dijk, and Mane have changed the face of Liverpool Football Club with the manager; that means they will all be legends regardless of whether they move to the club or for whatever reason they leave the club. "I think the supporters are very grateful for what these players have given. Salah will finish his time in the top five or six players playing for the club. He is definitely in Liverpool's best XI and there is no doubt about that. Not that he's a Liverpool legend right now and hopefully he can build on that reputation over the next three years."