Opinion

Salah’s long-term contract extension, beginning of the end?

With the news breaking of Mohamed Salah committing his future to the reds by signing a killer long term contract, along with our recent transfer success securing the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho and our newest edition of number 23 Xherdan Shaqiri, it seems exciting times lay ahead from the perspective of a Liverpool fan.

However, the extension of Salah’s contract may be our most important piece of business of the summer, but in amongst all our joy and relief, alarm bells still ring. The feeling of déjà vu comes to mind in the form of our two previous world beaters.

 

Luis Suarez

Taking a trip back to 2013, following the controversy of Arsenal’s laughable bid of £40,000,001 for the Uruguayan causing all sorts of uncertainty regarding our star man’s future. Liverpool Football Club ‘put our minds at ease’ by negotiating a new 4 year deal which would have kept Suarez at our club until the Christmas of 2018. However, the unforgettable season that followed that extension did seem as if we were walking down last chance alley with Suarez, unfortunately, with the club failing to yet again secure the title in bitter circumstances, it was more than obvious Suarez would be parting ways with Liverpool FC. A year on, July 2014 this nightmare became reality as Luis joined the Catalan giants, but a hefty £64 million did help soften the blow.

Phillipe Coutinho

Similarly, the little magician another South American star showing outstanding talent within an under-performing Liverpool team. With the whispers of Coutinho signature being chased by Barcelona, panic seemed to descend across Merseyside, yet again, we were fed the good news of a five-year contract extension signed by Coutinho in January 2017 which will keep him at the club until 2022, but a disappointing season led to the transfer of our former number 10 to Barcelona, this time for a whopping £146 million.

It is no secret with the form Salah has displayed that the big names in particular Real Madrid have been sniffing around the Egyptian King in pursuit of their next Galactico. Now if we are to follow the patterns of the transfers we have just discussed then the harsh truth may be that the fantastic new contract extension Mo has just signed could be a preparation tactic for the reds to make the oncoming deal a lot more expensive. Oh I hope I’m so very wrong.

YNWA

@LFCChatBlog

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