Three Liverpool stars could 'kick off' and 'threaten to leave' as pundit 'wowed' by development
Liverpool should not give Mohamed Salah a “blank cheque” and must make sure his new contract fits into their existing wage structure.
That is the view of ex-Man City and England star Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Salah’s contract situation at Anfield.
His current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2023.
The Athletic‘s James Pearce reported (October 4) negotiations over an extension have hit an impasse.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider the club want the deal done by the new year.
“You can’t afford to break the bank and the wage structure to break the club in the long-term for one player,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“What happens then everyone else, players like Virgil van Dijk, goes ‘Hang on a minute, if he’s getting paid that, I want the same’.
“Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane, all go back in wanting more. Then you’ve increased your wages by 30 per cent, 40 per cent, not two or three per cent by giving it to one player. They’ll kick off, threatening to leave.
“You have to be careful. Mo Salah is not going to play for the rest of his life because he’s going to retire at some point.
“You have to think of the long-term plans of the club. There’s no point risking anything for two or three years of Mo Salah and putting the club in jeopardy. That’s not how Liverpool are run at the moment.
“I don’t think he will be offered a blank cheque. Where would he go? There aren’t many too places who could afford.
“You can spiral out of control. You have a bad season, you miss out on the Champions League for whatever reason, Mo Salah picks up an injury. You’ve risked everything for nothing.
“It’s not just about the one player. All other players will go up £100,000-a-week, all of a sudden, it’s like ‘Wow’.
“It’s not just about keeping Mo Salah happy, it’s about what happens to everyone else.”