By Noel Whelan

15th Mar, 2022 | 5:00pm

Mohamed Salah: 'Staggering' claim issued after Liverpool source's contract talks update - Whelan

Noel Whelan has insisted Mohamed Salah must not be allowed to “hold Liverpool to ransom” during contract negotiations.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, warned the Merseysiders that caving to the 29-year-old’s “staggering” demands could “hamstring” the club in the transfer market.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Salah wants £500,000-a-week to commit to a new long-term deal and that hasn’t changed despite the current contract stalemate.

The wide forward wants to stay at Anfield but he and his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, have dismissed the club’s most recent offer – with no talks held since December.

Whelan warned such a deal could render Jurgen Klopp unable to “strengthen” his side in the transfer market.

“You’ve got to be so careful when you’re talking contracts,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“£500,000-a-week would make him one of the highest-paid players in the world. Now as much as you want to keep your star players – and he is the star at Liverpool – you’ve got to be sensible.

“You need to draw a line in the sand, and weigh everything up. Because paying out that sort of money could really hamstring Liverpool and even prevent them strenghtening in the transfer window.

“As much as it might disappoint Liverpool fans, he can’t be allowed to hold Liverpool to ransom. That’s a staggering amount of money.

“It could mean keeping Salah – but buying no-one else. It would smash that wage structure, and that’s where you don’t want to be.”

Salah has netted 28 goals in 35 games for Liverpool this term.

He last signed a contract extension in 2018.

In other news, pundit issues “catastrophic” claim as Liverpool controversy analysed.