By Alex McLeish

14th Jan, 2022 | 8:30pm

Salah tipped to sign new Liverpool deal after update in last 48 hours - pundit

Alex McLeish “can’t believe” Liverpool are yet to tie Mohamed Salah down to a new contract.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a deal must be close after Jurgen Klopp’s latest update.

Speaking at his press conference on Wednesday (12 January), Klopp revealed he is “very positive” a deal can be reached.

He stated there have been “good conversations” between all parties.

The German boss went on to say there is “nothing to worry about” and that “these things take time”.

Salah, speaking to GQ (Monday, 10 January), has insisted he is “not asking for crazy stuff” and that his future is in the club’s hands.

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McLeish suggested a deal must be close after months of talks.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I know, coming from a managerial side of things, you can only take Klopp at his word.

“Salah’s played the best football of his career over the past two seasons. He has not got the title of the best player in the world as an award.

“But he must be reading all the newspapers, watching the sports programmes and listening to the fact that he is the best player in the world at this moment.

“You would think he was asking for money within the range of Liverpool’s budget. I don’t know what the holdup is.

“Klopp seems to think these things take time. If I’m listening to somebody like Jurgen Klopp speaking, I take his word for it.

“I can’t believe it, that they’re not close to an agreement in terms of the terms. He says he’s not asking for the earth, but I’m sure it’s a fair bundle. I would think they have got to get that one tied up.”

As revealed by Football Insider back in October, Salah wants a £500,000-a-week, four-and-a-half-year deal.

An Anfield source told this site last month (11 December) that the Reds are hopeful of agreeing terms after “tricky” negotiations.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Liverpool “hot” on signing Premier League rival after Wednesday transfer mission.