Jamie Carragher says Mohamed Salah will be in Liverpool’s historic XI and wants to see him sign a new deal at Anfield.
Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal in the 3-0 win over Leeds United on Sunday and Carragher believes his impact at Liverpool is still underestimated.
“He’s extremely important and sometimes I feel sorry for Mo Salah because I think he goes under the radar when it comes to Liverpool,” he told Monday Night Football.
“When people talk about Liverpool’s league win, they always come back to Liverpool by signing Alisson and Virgil Van Dijk. Mo Salah arrived six months ago. [Van Dijk].
“It’s the three, but everyone mentions that it was the goalkeeper and center-back who brought Liverpool to this next level. Mo Salah is a big part of that.”
“You also have to remember that Salah is playing from the right. Yes, he’s a wide attacker but he doesn’t play in the middle. It’s Johnny on the spot.
“If he plays a few scoreless games, you just think there’s one coming up because it’s Mo Salah.
A number of Liverpool favorites have signed new contracts in recent months with Fabinho, Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk and Andy Robertson, all signing extensions.
Carragher wants someone else to join this list.
“Although Liverpool have not spent a lot this summer like the other teams, many players have signed new contracts. The one who has not yet signed is Mo Salah,” he added.
“Now he obviously wants a few pounds. And rightly so. Good luck to him. He deserves it. He deserves to be one of the highest paid players in the Premier League for what he has done since joining. in Liverpool he really does.
“He’s never injured and year after year he’s the top scorer. He just is. That’s what he is.
“I’ll say something else. When you pick your Liverpool XI of all time, there are positions where you just think, ‘He’s in. “Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, John Barnes, Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish. You could fill all of these positions, no matter what this team does.
“There is no one you can think of on the right. Mo Salah will be in that position when he finishes his career at Liverpool. He will be in this Liverpool XI of all time. There is no doubt for me at this topic.
“When you think of forwards who are 29 or 30, we are talking about Cristiano Ronaldo who is 36, this guy is a machine in terms of taking charge of himself.
“I think Mo Salah is as professional as Ronaldo, he takes care of his body and I think Mo Salah has a lot of years to go, so I just hope this gets sorted out as soon as possible.
“You are still debating the money, the player wants a little more, the club want a little less, but that needs to be sorted out. Fingers crossed because he deserves it for what he has done for Liverpool.”
How Salah Became a Centurion
Salah’s journey in the Premier League has not been as smooth as his 100-goal league run would suggest. Remember the unfortunate 30-month spell at Chelsea that started it all?
The Egyptian winger had scored for Basel in their two Champions League group matches against Jose Mourinho’s side, which resulted in his move to Stamford Bridge in January 2014.
But he would only make 13 Premier League appearances for the Blues and score just two goals, before being loaned to Fiorentina and then Roma, whom he joined for a permanent transfer in 2016.
His return to the Premier League a year later would mark the start of something very different.
“He’s a fantastic player with speed,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after his transfer was accepted. “We said after last season that we would try to add things to an already very good team.
“One of those things is speed. He brings that, besides being able to deliver and finish. He brings it all.”
Salah would bring more than speed. In his debut season, he tied Roger Hunt’s 1961 record scoring 23 goals before the New Year, and edged Harry Kane in the Premier League Golden Boot race with his 32 goals.
From there, things just kept getting better.
“It’s very special,” Salah told Sky Sports after becoming the top scorer in a 38-game Premier League season winning the Golden Boot.
“I try to improve myself every year so I’m very happy. It’s special to break the record here.”
Salah hasn’t quite reached those heights since, but he broke the 20-goal mark in two of his other three full seasons in the Premier League, while adding a title-winning medal, as well as another. Golden Shoe, to his trophy cabinet. .
Today, 2,732 days after his first goal, Salah became the club’s last member of the Premier League 100, and only the second in Africa, after Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.
The speed with which he reached the count – Sunday’s meeting with Leeds was his 162nd Premier League appearance – puts him among the top scorers in the history of the competition.
“Mo’s record is crazy,” Klopp told Sky Sports in Elland Road. “I don’t know how many records he can break, but he’s probably desperate to do it.
“What a player – and he’s still hungry. I saw him in the locker room and we were all in the situation for Harvey Elliott but he still wasn’t happy that he didn’t score a couple more goals.
“This is how top players are”
And at 29, Mohamed Salah is far from finished.