'Why shouldn't Salah be highest-paid?'

English Premier League

A Liverpool legend has defended Mohamed Salah’s contract standoff with the club and insists that the talisman deserves the big contract he is reportedly demanding.  

Earlier this season, the Egyptian's agent Ramy Abbas Issa reportedly flew into ­England to negotiate a massive new deal with the representative believed to be demanding a wage in the region of £500 000 (R10 million) a week. 

Fast forward to now and the Reds do not appear to be any closer to reaching an agreement with the Premier League’s top goalscorer.  

In the absence of Salah and Sadio Mane, who are both participating in the Africa Cup of Nations, Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled to break down a 10-man Arsenal as they only registered one shot on target in a 0-0 draw on Thursday night. 

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Following their below-par performance, Jamie Carragher has urged his former side to pay Salah a wage that a "top" player deserves.  

"This talk of Salah's contract will probably intensify even more, because when he is not there you see the effect it has," he told Sky Sports

"As a Liverpool supporter, you should be wary that this is dragging on. Other big players at Liverpool have signed contracts in the last three or four months, the goalkeeper [Alisson Becker], Trent [Alexander-Arnold], Virgil van Dijk, huge figures in this team. 

"Salah wants to be paid as well as any top player in the Premier League or world football, and why shouldn't he? He deserves that, we're talking about one of the best players in the world. 

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"The problem, and the angle Liverpool may be looking at it from, is where Salah would go? 

"The Spanish giants [Real Madrid and Barcelona] are really out of the equation now given the problems they have financially. 

"Would Salah leave and ruin his legacy by going to Manchester City or Manchester United? Probably not, so that's probably Liverpool's bargaining chip.” 

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