Mohamed Salah has signed a new ‘long-term’ contract with Liverpool after his record breaking season.
The Egyptian only moved to the Merseyside giants last summer, making a £35 million move from Roma, having previously flopped in the Premier League in his short stint with Chelsea.
Despite having enjoyed reasonable success over in Italy, nobody in their wildest imaginations could have foreseen what Salah would produce, breaking the Premier League’s long standing goal scoring record with his 32 league goals.
His goals fired Liverpool to fourth place in the league as well as to the Champions League final, although he finished the season trophy less after he was forced off in the first half of the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev.
His sensational form has seen him linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, but his new deal should end such speculation, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp saying that it highlights the clubs ambition to keep their very best players at Anfield:
“I think this news can be seen for what it is – rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season. It demonstrates two things very clearly also – his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him,” he said on the official Liverpool website.
“We want world-class talent to see they have a home at Anfield, where they can fulfil all their professional dreams and ambitions. We are working hard together to achieve this.
“When someone like Mo Salah commits and says this place is my home now, it speaks very loudly I think. Equally, our commitment to him says we see his value and want him to grow even more and get even better within our environment.
“The key thing to remember is the best thing about Mo is that he never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it. He recognises his teammates and this club helped him achieve individual success last season. He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special.
“Mo reflects where we are as a team, I think. Last season was special with many special moments – but we want more. We want to be more successful and achieve more together. As the supporters sang so loudly, ‘we’re never gonna stop’. This has to be the attitude individually and collectively.”
While no details have been released about his new deal, it is thought that it is worth £200,000-a-week and runs until 2023.