By Wayne Veysey

5th Feb, 2022 | 7:15am

Liverpool sources: FSG update on new Mohamed Salah deal revealed after 'biggest disgrace ever' claim

Liverpool are hopeful of agreeing a new long-term contract with Mohamed Salah despite committing £50million to the signing of Luis Diaz, Football Insider has been told.

Boston-based owners Fenway Sports Group have been unable to tie down the Egyptian superstar, who wants £500,000-a-week to stay at Anfield, following months of talks.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that club chiefs still believe an agreement can be secured with Salah when he returns from African Cup of Nations duty.

The 29-year-old has been away for the last month with his country and will lead them in the final against Sadio Mane’s Senegal on Sunday night.

Negotiations between Salah and Liverpool are set to resume this month as both parties look to secure a breakthrough.

FSG have been unwilling to completely bow to Salah’s pay demands and the player has gone public to explain his demands are “not crazy” and it is up to the owners to make him an offer he will accept.

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Former England star Paul Merson is among those who fear the arrival of Diaz at the end of the transfer window could spell the end for the Anfield goal king.

“I really hope Luis Diaz going to Liverpool doesn’t mean Mo Salah is off because that would be the biggest disgrace ever,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“It took them 30 years to get back to being a force, to dominating teams again, to winning big trophies and having that reputation.

“To get to that point and let the best player in the world go would be absolutely mind-blowing.

“I don’t care how much he wants. He’s the best player in the world! And these fans have waited and waited for success like this. Pay him what he wants.

“This is Liverpool football club. The owner wouldn’t think twice about paying his star pitcher at the Boston Red Sox big money. What makes Salah any different?

“No-one scores goals like Salah does. He plays on the wing but he puts up the kind of figures other players can only dream of. He looks like scoring every game he plays.

“It doesn’t matter how good Diaz is. He’s not going to put up the sort of figures Salah does. Absolutely not.

“And if you’re Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool let Salah go, what message does that send you? You’ve turned him into the best in the world and just let him go? I’d be so disappointed.

Salah has increased his bargaining power with his extraordinary performances this season.

Before heading to the AFCON, he had started 26 Premier League and Champions League matches, scoring 23 goals and supplying nine assists.

In other news, Liverpool owners FSG are set to rake it in as £590m deal on the cards.