Alleged Ballon d’Or votes have been leaked online, and if they are to be believed, Mohamed Salah is in with an excellent opportunity of becoming Egypt’s first-ever winner of the prestigious award. We know the Egyptian King will continue doing the business. His consistent stats highlight why he shouldn’t be doubted.
Sadly, it’s not nailed on that Salah will perform the miracles we are accustomed to at Anfield. Discussions have been ongoing, but Liverpool’s management will need more than healthy wages to convince the best player in Europe to stay.
Keep the Same Intensity
As the squad showed against Arsenal after demolishing the in-form Gunners 4-0 at Anfield, they are hard to deal with when they play at a high tempo. For those betting on football
, the odds reflect this domestically and internationally. For example, not only are Jurgen Klopp’s men the 9/2 third favourites for the Premier League title, but they are 11/2 third favourites for the Champions League trophy, too.
However, the Reds have only given us glimpses of what we know they are capable of as a team. After back-to-back Premier League seasons where they secured 90-plus points, the Kop expects fireworks combined with reliability. Defensively, Virgil van Dijk brings the solidity that we missed in 2020/21, while Fabinho can slot back into the midfield and break up the play. Thiago, meanwhile, can dictate the tempo.
Still, it’s the rock-and-roll football that Klopp loves that is the final ingredient. When sprinkling a pinch of it to the recipe, the Reds can beat any club in the world, including Europe’s finest. And if competing with the best sides, Salah should have no reason to leave.
Break the Club’s Wage Structure
It’s well-known that Liverpool FC has a relatively strict wage structure. Lots of players, such as legends like Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, have come into conflict with the policy. Salah isn’t an anomaly in that sense.
Of course, the Egyptian is in the form of his life and leads the Premier League scoring charts after 12 games. As a result, the top goalscorer odds rank him as the odds-on favourite at 5/6. What does this mean? It means that Salah has plenty of leverage to use during negotiations, particularly as rival clubs will be sniffing around to convince him to move elsewhere.
Even the fact that he has revealed he wants to remain at Anfield
for the rest of his career means very little if the money isn’t right. With Salah probably wanting a pay rise, and Liverpool sticking to a rigid structure, something will have to give.
Invest in New Players
The final piece of the puzzle will be some fresh investment. As Chelsea have proved so far this year, the right personnel in key positions can propel a club into the running for the biggest major honours. After winning the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel, the West Londoners
have overtaken Liverpool as the 23/10 outright second-favourites for the Premier League this season.
Salah may want to stay, and Liverpool could hand him a new contract, but it will depend on Fenway's ambition in the winter and summer transfer windows. Yes, important players such as Jordan Henderson have been signed to extended deals, yet the squad looks bare without significant investment, especially in midfield.
The Klopp effect can’t last forever, not when rivals understand his philosophy and sign quality footballers to combat his managerial skills. Salah will be aware of this, which is why he’ll watch with interest when the windows open.
Apart from offering him a good deal, Liverpool need to keep up their high tempo style and consider the players they are going to bring to the club to make the squad more competitive.
Written by Alan Spencer