If it were up to Liverpool supporters, they would hand Mohamed Salah a blank cheque in order to get him to sign his next deal.
Unfortunately for them, their owners seem to have larger reservations about breaking the club's wage structure in order to tie the 29 year-old Egyptian down to a long-term contract.
Salah's current deal runs until the summer of 2023. He is keen to sign a new contract at Anfield, but is believed to want a wage that reflects his status as one of the biggest stars in the Premier League. You certainly couldn't argue that he wouldn't deserve such a commitment.
However, Liverpool have a strict wage structure that sees their top players rumoured to earn just over £200,000 per week. That is well short of what the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and David de Gea are earning elsewhere. They have also historically been hesitant to hand long-term deals that would carry into a player's 30s.
Speaking to Sky Sports in an interview released this evening, Salah once again reaffirmed his desire to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career.
🗣"I would love to stay till the last day of my football career but It's not in my hands."
Mo Salah says he would like to remain at Liverpool for the rest of his career pic.twitter.com/3OtkD3nhzg
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 22, 2021
This doesn't depend on me, but if you ask me I would love to stay until the last days of my football. I can't say much about that, it's not in my hands...
It depends on what the club wants, not the player...
At the moment I can't see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.
It's hard, I don't want to talk about it. It would make me really sad. At the moment I don't see myself playing against Liverpool, but let's see what will happen in the future.
It seems crazy to onlookers that Liverpool have dragged this on for so long, with both Salah and Jurgen Klopp desperate for the player to sign a new deal.
Considering some of the discontent that has bubbling under the surface in relation to the perceived lack of spending from FSG, the club's owners will facing a serious revolt if they do not cough up the funds to tie Salah down to the club for the long-term.