By Danny Mills

18th Dec, 2021 | 10:00am

Liverpool squad will not be happy after £100m+ Salah talks latest - pundit

The Liverpool squad may all demand major wage increases if Mohamed Salah is handed a new mega-money contract, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England full-back suggested Liverpool’s wage bill could increase “four-fold” in the wake of a new deal for Salah.

A Reds source told Football Insider last weekend (11 December) the club are increasingly confident of securing their talisman to a new contract.

This site previously reported (25 October) the Egpytian wants a £500,000 weekly wage on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

That would cost Liverpool a whopping £117million over the course of the potential new contract.

His current deal is set to expire at the end of next season but that has had no impact on his scintillating form and as such Mills has suggested that replacing him is a near-impossible task.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “You have to look at and think how much is he going to cost to replace? It’s going to cost £80million at least plus wages.

“What would the direct replacement be who is someone similar? Kylian Mbappe? Erling Haaland? You have to look at it from that point of view.

“Yes, it’s a ridiculous amount of money. The only problem you have is all the other players saying ‘I want a bit of that’. All of a sudden your wage bill starts to increase three or four-fold.

“Even if they’ve signed a new contract recently players will come knocking and you have to be strong enough to say no. They will come knocking, don’t worry about that, that’s the nature of the beast.”

After a goal and an assist in the 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Thursday (16 December), Salah now has 31 goal involvements to his name this season.

The 29-year-old has scored 22 goals and provided nine assists in 23 appearances across all competitions this term.

In other news, Liverpool have been tipped to hijack a European giant’s talks to sign an 18-goal sensation loved by Jurgen Klopp.