By Paul Robinson

26th Oct, 2021 | 3:00pm

'Huge' Salah transfer claim made as Liverpool source reveals major twist in talks - pundit

Paul Robinson has insisted Mohamed Salah is firmly in the driving seat as contract talks at Liverpool rumble on.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds goalkeeper admitted the Reds cannot expect a “huge” transfer fee for the 29-year-old due to the financial troubles caused by Covid-19.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider (25th October) owners Fenway Sports Group will have to go to extreme lengths to tie Salah down after a twist in talks.

It is understood the winger’s representative, Ramy Abbas, is demanding a £500,000-a-week deal for the forward.

The blockbuster demands would launch the Egypt international into the world’s top bracket of earners.

His current terms are set to expire in 2023.

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FSG have been reluctant to break the bank for a player heading into his 30s.

However, club chiefs have come under “huge” pressure from Jurgen Klopp to seal a deal.

Robinson insisted Salah’s current form means he is well within his rights to demand a mega-money contract.

“He’s ramped up the pressure on the owners by the way he’s playing every week,” Robinson told Football Insider’s Dylan Childs.

“To play like that, he’s the best player in the world. Give him what he wants. He has earned the right.

“If a player’s sitting there and saying he wants X amount of money, thousands a week, and he’s not playing well, there’s questions.

“If anyone in world football deserves the salary that he wants, it’s Mo Salah. We know the financial trouble in football throughout Europe. There will be no huge transfer offer for him.

“No transfer bid would be worth Liverpool accepting. You look at the money they’d have to put in to replace him, they can’t replace him.

“At the moment he’s the best player in the world. If you were ever going to sell him, you’re only going to replace him with less.

“If Liverpool want to win the league and the Champions League again and that’s where they want to be, you have to keep Mo Salah.

“He’s earned the right to walk into the office of whoever’s doing the contract negotiations and say, ‘that is what I’d like Mr Chairman’. They have to give him it.”

In other news, Liverpool already have the next Wijnaldum at Anfield, claims pundit.