At the conclusion of the previous week, Salah signed a contract extension, pledging his career to the Reds through 2025.
He will have turned 33 by then, and both the player and the team are optimistic that he can play at a high level far into his mid-30s.
Though it is debatable whether the old wage structure was breached, the forward now comfortably makes more than any other Liverpool player.
Salah agreed to terms worth about £350,000 a week in base income, but many bonuses spelled out in the contract may push that figure “near to £400,000 per week,” according to The Athletic’s James Pearce.
These incentives are generally determined by goals and assists, and in the most recent season, the No. 11 produced his best-ever assist total (15) and joint-second-best goal total (31).
But if he achieves those goals, Salah is anticipated to make the sixth-highest salary of any player in world football.
Pearce asserts that the club’s prior offer, which came to about £230,000 and represented a 15% salary increase over the contract he signed in 2018, would have only elevated him to the position of the 15th highest-paid player.
It is hardly surprising that Salah sought parity with players like Kevin De Bruyne, who is paid about £385,000 per week by Man City, considering his impressive output and consistency.
However, the fact that he did not receive a deal on par with Cristiano Ronaldo‘s at Manchester United is also evidence of the forward’s willingness to remain at Liverpool and the astute economic strategy in place at Anfield.
According to The Athletic, Ronaldo makes £500,000 per week at United, and while the Portuguese star is currently seeking an exit, the dearth of interested clubs might make things difficult.
Salah demonstrated desire by choosing to remain at Liverpool even though he might have commanded a higher salary elsewhere. Barcelona was one of the clubs that contacted his agent to inquire about Salah’s future.
In Pearce’s report, the word “compromise” is used, and even if it is difficult to accept against the backdrop of a housing crisis, there is a sense that this is good for both parties.