Mohamed Salah has become Liverpool’s highest-paid player in history when he signs a new three-year contract worth around £350,000 a week.
The 30-year-old Egypt international put pen to paper on Friday on a deal that will keep him at Anfield until the summer of 2025.
It ends a long saga over his future and gives manager Jurgen Klopp a massive boost ahead of pre-season starting next week.
Salah’s previous contract had just a year left to run and there was a growing risk that he would leave as a free agent next summer.
That prospect has now been dodged after Liverpool made him a vastly improved offer.
Athleticism recently revealed that talks initially broke down last December after Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas flew to Miami to meet with Fenway Sports Group Chairman Mike Gordon.
However, Liverpool have always intended to return to the negotiating table after the end of the season, and now a compromise has been reached.
Salah’s preference has always been to stay at Anfield, but the 30-year-old wanted a contract recognizing his status as one of the greatest players in world football.
He now has his wish.
With the framework of a deal in place, Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward flew out to see Salah on vacation to seal it.
On his new contract, Salah told the Liverpool website: “I feel good and (I’m) delighted to be winning trophies with the club. It’s a happy day for everyone.
“It takes a bit of time, I think, to renew itself, but now it’s all done so we just have to focus on what’s next.
“I think you can see that in the last five or six years the team was always going (up). Last season we were close to winning four, but unfortunately, the last week of the season we lost two trophies.
“I think we are in a good position to fight for everything. We also have new recruits. We just have to keep working hard, having a good vision, being positive and starting from scratch.
“My message (to the fans) is that the players of the team want to do their best next season to try to win all the trophies.
“As usual, you stay behind us and give us a big boost and I’m sure we’ll still win trophies (together).”
Klopp said: “It’s a treat for our supporters to enjoy their weekend even more. I’m sure there will be celebrations for this news tonight. It’s the best decision for us and the best decision for him. He belongs to us I think. It’s his club now.
“Of course it took a bit of time, but it’s totally okay and the best things are always worth the wait anyway. Mo is one of the best players in the world; it’s normal that there are things to sort out when you’re at his level. Big credit to Julian Ward and Mike Gordon for guiding us to this destination.
“I am convinced that Mo’s best years are yet to come. And that’s saying something, because the first five seasons here have been legendary.
Salah has scored 156 goals in 254 games since joining from Roma for £43.9m in 2017.
Last season he was crowned Football Writers’ Player of the Year and PFA Player of the Year.
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