Liverpool hero Carragher: Board risk backlash over Salah contract delays

Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher says the board will face a huge supporter backlash if they fail to secure Mohamed Salah to a new contract.

The Egypt international has entered the final 18 months of a deal worth more than £200,000 a week but there is no sign at present of him agreeing new terms.

On Thursday night, Salah’s absence was emphasised as Liverpool struggled to find the net against 10-man Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, being held to a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

“This talk of Salah’s contract will now probably intensify even more, because when he isn’t there you can see the effect that has,” Carragher said on Sky Sports. “You should be wary as a Liverpool supporter that this is dragging on.

“There are other big players at Liverpool that have signed contracts in the last few months, you think of the goalkeeper, you think of Trent, Virgil van Dijk – huge players.

“Salah will want to be paid as any top player in the Premier League and world football, and why shouldn’t he? He deserves that performance. We’re talking about one of the best players in the world.

“For me, I would want that done as quickly as possible. It’s not a case of give him what he wants. But Liverpool Football Club and the owners, I don’t think they’d be forgiven if Mo Salah left this club in the summer or in 18 months’ time.

“He’s a Liverpool legend, one of the greatest players the club has ever had, and it needs to be sorted sooner rather than later.”

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