Mohamed Salah insisted he was not “asking for crazy stuff” to extend his contract with Liverpool.
Salah has entered the last 18 months of his contract, an incentive deal worth around £ 200,000 a week, and Liverpool will have to pay the most lucrative salary in their history to secure the long-term prolific future.
Extension talks have been underway for months, with Jürgen Klopp involved and Liverpool agreeing to new deals in the meantime with Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Fabinho.
Salah has stated on several occasions that he is keen to stay at the club which made him a world star but, in an interview with the latest edition of British GQ, maintains that he does not make far-fetched demands of the Liverpool owner, Fenway Sports Group.
The 29-year-old said: “I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It is in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff.
Salah, who competes in the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt, believes Liverpool’s offer should reflect what he has given the club since arriving from Roma in 2017.
“The problem is, when you ask for something and they show you that they can give you something,” he said, they should, “because they appreciate what you have done. for the club. I’ve been here since my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have [been] recounted the situation. It is in their hands.
Klopp has described Salah as the world’s best player several times this season and the forward, who came seventh at the Ballon d’Or, admits his ambition is to be recognized as such.
“If you asked me if it was a motivation for me to be here?” Yes, of course. I can’t really lie and honestly say I didn’t think about it. No, I think about it. I want to be the best player in the world. But I’ll have a good life even if I don’t win [the Ballon d’Or]. My life is fine, everything is fine.
Salah also reveals in the interview how he struggled mentally during a disappointing time with Chelsea earlier in his career. He said, “It was so hard on me, mentally. I couldn’t take the pressure I had from the media, coming from outside. I didn’t play that much. I felt, ‘No, I have to go.’ “