In light of Mohamed Salah’s achievements, Jamie Carragher believes that the Egyptian has earned the right to demand being one of the highest paid players in the Premier League. The 29-year-old has become one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the world since moving to Liverpool, netting 128 goals.
Absolutely nobody knew what to expect when Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah, despite the fact that the Egyptian had spent four years at Chelsea previously. However, Salah made only 19 appearances for the Blues during that period as he spent a large portion of his time out on loan. It’s why nobody knew what to expect when Liverpool brought him back to England from AS Roma but few expected this.
Since his move back, Salah has netted a sensational 128 goals for the Reds with his 100th Premier League goal coming last weekend in a win over Leeds United. The Egyptian’s performances and prolific form in front of goal has stunned everyone and it has fans clamouring to see their superstar given a brand new contract. But as negotiations roll on, Jamie Carragher believes that the forward has earned the right to become one of the highest paid players in the league.
"While Liverpool have not spent big this summer like other teams, they have had a lot of players sign new contracts. The one that is yet to sign is Mo Salah. Now, he obviously wants a few quid. And rightly so. Good luck to him. He deserves it. He deserves to be one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League for what he has done since he came to Liverpool, he really does,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
"He is never injured and year after year he is top goalscorer. He just is. That is what he is. I will say something else. When you pick your all-time Liverpool XI, there are positions where you just think, 'He is in.' Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, John Barnes, Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish. You could fill all those positions no matter what this team does.
"There is nobody you ever think of on the right. Mo Salah will be in that position when he finishes his Liverpool career. He will be in that all-time Liverpool XI. There is no doubt for me about that,” he added.
But there is concern that since a large portion of Salah’s game is based around his athleticism and his pace, that the forward could struggle as he approaches his thirties. However, Carragher further added that he doesn’t believe that will happen as in his opinion, the 29-year-old is as fit as Cristiano Ronaldo and could have a lot of years left at the highest level. Carragher also admitted that while there will be a debate about the money he earns, he hopes the club sorts out everything because of what Salah has done for the club.
“When you think about strikers getting to 29 or 30, we talk about Cristiano Ronaldo being 36, that guy is a machine in terms of how he looks after himself. I think Mo Salah is as professional as Ronaldo, he looks after his body and I think there are a lot of years left in Mo Salah so I just hope this gets sorted sooner rather than later.
“You always debate about money, the player wants a bit more, the club wants a bit less, but that needs to be sorted. Fingers crossed it will because he deserves it for what he has done for Liverpool,” he added.