Anthony Gordon transfer, £100m deal - Liverpool given Mohamed Salah contract verdict

Mohamed Salah during a Liverpool training session
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Arne Slot must soon decide whether or not Mohamed Salah has a future at Anfield. The 32-year-old forward, who has just 12 months remaining on his Liverpool contract, was heavily linked with a move to Saudi Arabia last summer but a switch failed to materialise.

Al-Ittihad had a verbal £150m offer for Salah rejected, the Liverpool Echo understands. It's believed that Saudi Pro League sides will try their luck again this year if they're given any hint of encouragement that he might look to move on.

The Egypt international has previously suggested that he plans to stay in Merseyside, with a message on social media just hours after Slot was unveiled as the club's new head coach. Salah wrote: "We know that trophies are what count and we will do everything possible to make that happen next season. Our fans deserve it and we will fight like hell."

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While the Egyptian may have plans to stay at Liverpool, he's got just one year left on his deal – which means he could leave the club empty handed if he opts against an extension. So, with that being said the Liverpool Echo's writers have explained whether they'd offer Salah a new contract.

Paul Gorst

Richard Hughes was coy when asked about the contract situation of three of Liverpool's top stars on Friday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah are all now into the final year of their respective terms and fresh deals for all three will be a costly outlay for the club.

Hughes said: “The only concerns we have [with players with one-year deals] is total commitment from the players to the cause; we are absolutely convinced that is the case.”

It wasn't exactly a booming statement of intent to tie down three hugely influential players - the club captain, vice-skipper and top scorer - to longer-term deals but the indication that they are planning for life with Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold and Salah in place at Anfield is heartening for supporters.

Quite what happens next though where Salah is concerned is anyone's guess. With the most sizable deal ever handed out at Anfield, Salah is breathing rarefied air and at the age of 32, an increase on his bottom line appears fanciful, even if he will be able to lay claim to having already scored over 50 goals since his most recent extension, which was penned two years ago on the Greek island of Mykonos.

In an ideal world, Liverpool would be able to push Salah's terms on to another year and see how the player continues to perform. The No.11 was able to earn the current sums because of his own belief in his ability to carry on churning out the numbers, which, in turn, convinced the club's hierarchy to draw up the contract.

Few can argue Salah hasn't delivered on that front having scored 25 and 30 in the past two seasons but will Hughes, Arne Slot and perhaps most crucially Michael Edwards view that as an indicator of future performance at the same level? Now 32 and in possession of such a handsome deal, it's an uneasy situation for Liverpool to find themselves in when it comes to Salah.

As a result, we might find a period of time where there appears to be little update as club officials wait to see what sort of level he is at after a dip in form following a hamstring tear in January. It's also why Salah himself is so determined to get off on the right foot this pre-season and shunning the chance to play for Egypt at the Olympic Games. Plenty of moving parts on this, a resolution may not be imminent.

Jake Stokes

Liverpool must tie Mohamed Salah down to a new contract. Arne Slot will want to hit the ground running at Anfield and the Egyptian – as well as the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Alisson – will help the Dutchman lay the foundations to his project.

With that being said though, the Reds shouldn't offer Salah anything more than a three-year extension. While he'll continue to play a crucial role for Liverpool, Slot will – at some point – need to think forward and begin planning for the future.

If he rejects the proposal then the Reds simply need to explore the Saudi market and cash in before it's too late. Not only could Salah hand Slot substantial funds for a rebuild, but he'd also give the club great breathing room with regard to the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules.

Let's say Liverpool manage to rake in £100m for Salah this summer, they could go out and sign Anthony Gordon as well as one or two more top players. The problem is that the Reds are in a race against time; the longer they delay a decision, the more his market value depreciates.

Joe Rimmer

Richard Hughes already has a big job on his hands as the new Liverpool sporting director looks to help Arne Slot build a squad capable of challenging Man City for the Premier League title.

Much progress was made last season but Hughes steps into a high pressure role after an impressive spell at Bournemouth.

And he doesn't need his first summer to become any more challenging by having to replace the man who has top scored for Liverpool for the past seven seasons.

Indeed, even if Saudi offers were to resurface, it'd take something unbelievable to make the task of trying to replace Mohamed Salah worthwhile.

Any talk of a new contract can wait. That can be done further down the line and if he leaves on a free next summer, so be it. Liverpool have more than got their money's worth and the financials committed to his contract being freed up would be a boost in itself as they look to fund new signings.

But at least Liverpool and Hughes would have time to plan. Salah staying put helps both him and Slot in the coming year.

Mohamed Salah isn't irreplaceable. It'd just be very difficult.

James Quinlan

For all that he has contributed and achieved with Liverpool Football Club, Mohamed Salah has earned the right to control terms of when and how he leaves. Steven Gerrard aside, there are no greater shouts for 21st century Liverpool player to be inducted into the hall of legends.

With that said, every single attempt should be made from the day he arrives for pre-season right to the very last minute on June 30, 2025, to tie him down to a new contract. That can be for as few or as many years as he wants, within reason of course. At some point the Reds cannot and will not allow themselves to fall into a situation similar to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal at Euro 2024, which has been a painful watch.

But the decision can be left to Salah, and that has to be respected. Unlike the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, he looks like he can play at the top level for many years to come so there can't be many reasons to suggest why he doesn't sign a new deal.

Block all transfer offers, if he ends up leaving next year for nothing, or likewise the year after or beyond following a contract renewal, then it is not the end of the world and the club can be trusted to plan for life without their talisman. Let's just hope it is not 2025 he leaves though, as after this year Liverpool could do with a break from emotional farewells on the final day of the season.

Amie Wilson

Given Mo Salah’s age, then if Liverpool were to cash in, now would be the best time to do it - given the reported interest from Saudi clubs. But he is somebody that Liverpool would find it almost impossible to replace should he leave, which is why I think that the club should do what they can to extend his contract - within reason.

The club should not go beyond offering more than a further three years at the most, that would take him up to 35 years of age. The club could then look at the situation again and if he is still delivering, offering him a further one or two years.

If Salah decides that he wants a longer deal or an increase in wages, then the club may be better walking away from negotiations. While they would be giving up a transfer fee that they may get this summer by letting him go on a free transfer, freeing up his wages would still provide some funds.

If that does ultimately become the case, the Reds will also have time to sort a replacement. A move for someone like Anthony Gordon would make sense with the Newcastle man having already proven himself at Premier League level, and is at the age that would see him be a long-term option.