Liverpool should not throw out their wage structure to accommodate Mo Salah, according to former Reds striker Michael Owen.
Comparing it to the situation that Arsenal find themselves in with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Owen believes the Reds are right not to simply give Salah the contract he wants, as it would send the wrong signal to the rest of the squad:
“You need structure. If you give Salah double what Van Dijk’s on, suddenly there could be a problem in the camp. We’ve seen lots of instances like that over the years, at Arsenal in the main. Aubameyang was just given what he wanted and now look… It’s his last big contract, he’s not going to move and he’s on whatever he’s on a week. It’s not as easy as that. I think you’ve got to keep a bit of respect and parity without the club.”
“He’ll probably become Liverpool’s top earner because I think they’ll find a way. There’s no word coming out that they’re miles apart so I think it will get done but I do think Liverpool are right to make it as reasonable as possible.”
Salah currently has just under two years remaining on his contract at Anfield. The likes of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have all been handed new deals recently and giving Salah a pay rise, that is way beyond the rest of the squad, would inevitably cause friction in the camp.
It will be hoped that a compromise can be reached with Salah which will satisfy all parties. The Egyptian is the Merseyside club’s most important player and they will be keen to tie him down as soon as possible.