Saturday Sep 11, 2021. 16:00
Liverpool FC will have to let Mohamed Salah leave if he asks for too much money according to the club’s legend Steve McManaman.
The Egyptian superstar is known to be busy negotiating a new contract with the English Premier League giants through his representatives.
There have been reports that Salah could make the move to French big spenders Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) next year as he demands £500,000 a week to stay at Liverpool.
McManaman, who spent nine years at Liverpool, during which time he won the FA Cup and League Cup, says the club can’t go ballistic paying wages to try and compete with PSG or English champions Manchester City.
“If he wants too much money and Liverpool can’t afford it, they’ll have to let him go,” McManaman said on Independent.
If he wants half a million a week, that won’t happen at Liverpool, but you would hope he wants something the club can afford and if that’s the case, then I’d expect him to stay.
“You can’t go ballistic paying wages to try and compete with PSG or Man City because they are in a different world financially.”
Considered to be the most decorated English footballer to have played for a club abroad, McManaman moved to Spanish giants Real Madrid from Liverpool in 1999 and the transfer became one of the most high-profile Bosman rulings of all time.
“Someone else will be up next [for contract talks] and we’ve seen situations where one player gets a huge pay rise and then the next star player is upset and wants the same,” McManaman continued.
“It causes chaos in the team. You have to try and keep a lid on it somewhere. We have just come out of a pandemic and every big club has lost well over £100million and you can’t just go mad like that.
“Yes, pay him what he’s worth, I have no problem with that. He is a brilliant player, pay him what he’s worth. But if he wants double his wages, you can’t do that. You have to be sensible, especially in these difficult financial times.”
Salah’s current contract with Liverpool is set to expire at the end of 2023 having established himself as one of the best players in the world after joining the club from Italian side AS Roma in 2017.