Liverpool must avoid mistakes Man Utd have made

In its most basic terms, the idea that Liverpool would allow Mohamed Salah to leave the club makes no sense: he’s a joy to watch; he is consistently the top scorer; replacing it would be next to impossible. But giving him what he wants would lead Liverpool down a path of no return, as his red rivals have discovered to their cost.

90 minutes He has been told that Liverpool and Salah are still ‘somewhat apart’ in talks over a new contract. The 29-year-old has 15 months left on his current contract after a year of going back and forth on new terms. Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are reportedly willing to pay him upwards of £300,000 a week, making him the club’s highest-paid player, but he is “unlikely” to hit £400,000 a week. Salah and his representatives are fishing for.

The problem for Liverpool, the reason for their reluctance, is not Salah per se, but the consequent headaches that kind of deal would create.

Given that Kevin De Bruyne reportedly earns more than £400,000 a week, Salah’s demands are not unreasonable. But Liverpool are right to worry about a domino effect. Bend to Salah’s will and you can be sure the agents of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk would be on the phone in no time, questioning whether the club really believe their clients are worth half their teammate.

The annual salaries of the seven highest earners at Manchester United amount to just over £120m. That figure covers the cost of Liverpool’s top 20. Three of United’s four highest-paid players (Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane) arrived in the summer and earn more than £300,000 a week.

Why were they offered such huge contracts? It will have been a combination of factors, including (of course) how good they are, how much United wanted them and how much their rivals wanted them too, but the key to any deal will have been David de Gea, who has been collecting £375,000 a week. at Old Trafford for the last two and a half seasons. The man who is between the United posts also moved them and there is no turning back.

Liverpool are better off keeping their salaries relatively low and confident that the players will want to join. because it’s Liverpool, just like they should hedge their bets that Salah and his gang are playing hard and he definitely wants to stay in the best league in the world, playing under one of the best managers.

Because another big problem with offering big salaries is the inability to move those players. Who wants Harry Maguire for £190,000 a week? Who wants Anthony Martial for £250,000? Cristiano Ronaldo for £510,000?

And it’s easy to say that they were just bad decisions; that Salah is a sure thing. But it’s not just about Salah and Liverpool’s current crop. Representatives for Jude Bellingham, Jarrod Bowen, whoever he is, will be looking to top earners as bargaining chips in negotiations and will inevitably get better terms because the salary cap has been raised significantly. Those players, as good as they are, are not safe.

The FSG has starred in the glorious return of a great Liverpool. That is largely down to Jurgen Klopp, his staff, the players, Michael Edwards, but the onus is on the owners: they make the final decisions that affect everything in the football club.

Deciding whether to give their best player £100,000 more a week than they’re willing may seem like a relatively minor decision, but the Glazers probably had that in mind when they offered De Gea his gargantuan contract, and look at the mess they’re in. now.

If the choice is between Salah and the long-term prosperity of Liverpool Football Club, it has to be Sayonara Salah. He is a wonderful footballer, but that is all he is.

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