Mohamed Salah reiterates his Liverpool future is in the hands of owners FSG but insists he wants to stay at Anfield as he lifts the lid on talks in a stylish GQ photoshoot
- Mohamed Salah’s current Liverpool contract expires in the summer of 2023
- The Anfield hero, 29, insists he wants to stay at the club for years to come
- But Salah says the key to agreeing a deal is with Liverpool’s owners FSG
Mohamed Salah has reiterated his desire to stay at Liverpool beyond his current deal but once again underlined that the decision is the club’s to make.
The 29-year-old’s current deal is up in 2023, with Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group and Salah seemingly at an impasse in talks over an extension.
The man heralded as ‘The Egyptian King’ by Anfield lifted the lid on where the situation stands in a wide-ranging interview with GQ.
Mohamed Salah has opened up on the current talks to extend his Liverpool contract in a wide-ranging interview about his career with club and country GQ
Salah has scored 23 goals in 26 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season
‘I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands,’ Salah explained. ‘It’s in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff.
‘The thing is when you ask for something, they show you they can give you something… because they appreciate what you did for the club. I’ve been here for my fifth year now.
‘I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have [been] told the situation. It’s in their hands.’
Salah was reportedly asking for a wage between £300,000-£350,000-a-week to sign new terms with Liverpool – a figure that would reflect his unarguable status as one of the game’s finest players.
So far for Liverpool this season, he has scored 23 goals in 26 games in all competitions and is now gearing up for Egypt’s bid to win the Africa Cup of Nations.
Salah says the Liverpool owners – including John Henry (second left) and Tom Werner (right)
Salah is currently gearing up for Egypt’s bid to win the Africa Cup of Nations this year
An international triumph and another trophy with Liverpool this season would put him right in the running to win the Ballon d’Or at the end of 2022, as long as he maintains his current form.
‘If you asked me if this was a drive for me to be here (being the best in world)? Yeah, of course. I can’t really lie and say honestly I didn’t think about it.
‘No, I think about it. I want to be the best player in the world. But I will have a good life even if I don’t win [the Ballon d’Or]. My life is OK, everything is fine.’
Salah is next in action for Egypt on Tuesday when their AFCON bid starts with a match against Nigeria.
The GQ Global Sports Issue is available on newsstands and via digital download on 25 January 2022