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Harvey Elliott to wear No.19 shirt for new campaign

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 07/02/2022 - 12:00

Harvey Elliott will wear the No.19 shirt for Liverpool from the start of the 2022-23 season.

The England U21 international has decided to switch from his previous number, 67, which he claimed following his arrival at the Reds in the summer of 2019.

Elliott now takes up the squad number that was last occupied by Ozan Kabak during his loan spell from Schalke 04 in the second half of 2020-21.

Sadio Mane before his move to No.10, Stewart Downing, Ryan Babel and Fernando Morientes are also among those to have worn the shirt for the club in the Premier League era.

Explaining the reason for the switch, Elliott told Liverpoolfc.com: "Obviously the number became available, some great players have worn it in the past – the likes of Sadio and the list goes on.

"I think it was an opportunity to get down the ranks in terms of the numbers, and for me personally it's a wonderful number.

"I remember having a Sadio shirt with the number 19 on it as a kid. So to be able to wear it after him, it's a great pleasure.

"At the end of the day, a number is just a number, but it's just nice to have a lower number. I think it's a great opportunity going into another season.

"So, hopefully I can prove to myself and prove to everyone that I'm able to have these kind of numbers and able to perform under this kind of pressure, because it comes with it.

"I'm just so excited to put this shirt on and get playing again."

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Mohamed Salah signs extension with Reds

LFC Globe - Sat, 07/02/2022 - 08:34

Reds’ supporters worldwide can rejoice and breathe a sigh of relief. Mo Salah is staying at Anfield. The Egyptian striker inked a new three-year deal with Liverpool on July 1st. While few details are known about the new contract, The Guardian reports that Salah will earn a base salary of €350,000 a week with the possibility of performance-based incentives, thus making him the highest-paid player in Liverpool’s 130-year history.

“I feel great and I am excited to win trophies with the club. It’s a happy day for everyone,” Salah told Liverpool’s official website. “It takes a little bit of time to renew, but now everything is done so we just need to focus on what’s next.”

Salah is worth every penny of the new contract. Since coming to Liverpool from AS Roma in 2017, he has scored 156 goals in 256 appearances. Though he has earned many accolades throughout his career, Salah was most recently named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year for the 2021-22 season, as well as the Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year.

Salah believes his most productive years are still ahead of him, however. 

“The last week of the () season, we lost two trophies,” he said. “My message to the fans is that the players on the team want to give our best next season to try to win all the trophies. As usual, you stay behind us and give us a big push and I am sure we are going to win trophies again together.”

Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is also looking forward to continued production from his star striker. “I have no doubt Mo’s best years are still to come,” Klopp said. “And that’s saying something because the first five seasons here have been the stuff of legend.

Even though Salah recently celebrated his 30th birthday, Klopp is not worried about him slowing down anytime soon.

“Fitness-wise, he’s a machine – in the most incredible shape. He works hard on it and he gets his rewards,” Klopp said.” His ability and his skill level get higher each season, and his decision-making has gone to another level also.

Klopp then sums up the feelings of Reds supporters everywhere.

“It is just great news. It makes me smile thinking about it. He stays with us for longer and it means we can achieve more together.”

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Why Liverpool made Mohamed Salah their highest-paid player in history aged 30

the Athletic - Sat, 07/02/2022 - 05:28

In late 2019, towards the end of another relentlessly hot day scrambling across Cairo’s concrete sprawl in search of fresh information about Egypt’s most famous footballer, one of his former team-mates found it easy to explain why Mohamed Salah had managed to do what only a select few from his country have been able to achieve.

Ali Fathi had shared five years of his teenage life with Salah when the pair were signed to El Mokawloon. In an apartment block to the east of Cairo, they would spend their evenings gaming, where Salah, on FIFA, would always be Barcelona – the club he dreamed of joining.

It had always been Salah’s ambition to move to Europe. He didn’t seem particularly motivated by a future at Al Ahly or Zamalek, the two Cairo clubs where all of the best Egyptian footballers tend to end up. It cannot be overestimated how unusual this was, because the passion for football is on a religious level in Egypt, where players are paid well enough to make it easier for them to stay at home when offers come from abroad.

Fathi, a left-back, whose career had taken him briefly to the Portuguese island of Madeira before he returned to the wild womb of Cairo, was injured at the time and trying to get back into the team at his latest club, El Entag El Harby.

Looking across the training field, he commented on the size and shape of his current team-mates, comparing them to Salah, who was thousands of miles away and trying to negotiate a British winter during a season where he would end up as a Premier League champion.

Simply, it had been Salah’s independence that made him different. He was able to think alone and this meant he looked after himself. After training every day, he would go to the exercise hall unaccompanied and lift weights for a minimum of half an hour. Later, he enrolled at a private gymnasium where he told an instructor that he needed to improve his stamina and acceleration, even though he’d already dazzled in his early professional career as an extremely fast footballer.

Fathi suggested that the diet of Egyptian footballers generally wasn’t particularly healthy because of their meat intake. Salah, however, took conditioning incredibly seriously – “more seriously than any Egyptian footballer I’ve ever met”.

He had not been guided by any of his coaches in this pursuit. Indeed, he might have been a Barcelona fan but from afar, he’d seen Cristiano Ronaldo with his Real Madrid shirt off after scoring a goal and realised the way the game was heading. “Mo realised he had to become a machine,” Fathi concluded.

Last month made it a decade since Salah’s departure from Egyptian club football. A new three-year contract at Liverpool will take him to within three seasons of the Egyptian player who holds the records for the longest career in Europe.

Yet perhaps Salah’s path would have been different had he listened to that same player; Hany Ramzy, a defender who represented their country at the 1990 World Cup, before he became a scout in Germany.

Ramzy spent 11 of his 16 years in Europe with Werder Bremen and Kaiserslautern. This meant he had a good understanding of the Bundesliga, which is where Salah could have gone first when he left Egypt had it not been for the intervention of Mohamed Amer, his manager at El Mokawloon, who advised him to wait.

Instead, he stepped from North Africa into Europe via Switzerland, where his performances in 18 months with Basel led to an offer from Liverpool. Had he agreed to move to Anfield in 2014 instead of joining Chelsea, you also wonder where he might be positioned currently on the club’s all-time goalscoring list.

mohamed-salah Salah has scored 156 goals in 254 games since his arrival from Roma for £36 million in 2017 (Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

Perhaps it worked out for the best that his time at the club has coincided entirely with Jurgen Klopp, a manager who suggested that the player’s “best years are still to come” on Friday after Liverpool made Salah the highest-paid player in the club’s history at the age of 30.

This deal is not free of risk.

It has been claimed that Liverpool are treading similar ground to Arsenal two years ago, when they renewed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract at 31 before his influence wilted quickly.

These, however, are different footballers with different mindsets representing different clubs in different states of health, led by different managers at different stages of their relationship with the players concerned.

Aubameyang, after all, seems to have found himself again since moving on to Barcelona in January. For Salah, the risk, perhaps, relates more to his own game: how he, Klopp and his Liverpool team-mates adjust to him becoming older. Each party will need to ensure his output during this process justifies the investment.

Liverpool have made an exception for Salah in this agreement but it does not mean the decision is unprecedented.

While running all of its sporting interests, including baseball’s Boston Red Sox, Fenway Sports Group has rarely handed out huge contracts to sportspeople who are reaching a stage in their careers that normally would be beyond the physical peak of many.

Clearly, however, Liverpool do not believe this is the case with Salah – just as they did not with James Milner, who the club recruited as their best-paid player when he was soon to be 30 years old on this same date seven years ago.

Milner, of course, is ticking along just fine all this time later and after the players return for pre-season training on Monday morning, it would be a surprise if he and Salah are not at the front of the pack when they hurtle across the track in the otherwise dreaded kilometre interval sprints in the days that follow.

When comparing the Milner of 2015 and the Salah of 2022, however, there is a difference of around £200,000 a week.

Ultimately, Salah’s stay at Liverpool has always boiled down to money, no matter how the club, the player or his representative Ramy Abbas try to frame it now that all parties are happy about the outcome.

When Kevin De Bruyne, a month short of his 30th birthday, agreed a two-year contract extension in May of last year to keep him at Manchester City past his 34th birthday, Salah, with guidance from Abbas, figured they should be aiming for something similar. That is roughly what they got – although there were concessions from both sides because some of his £350k a week is incentivised around performance and achievement.

Despite concerns that this information might cause problems with team-mates and their representatives, who now know there is always wiggle room in any future negotiation, Klopp is particularly confident that the humility and intelligence in the Anfield dressing room mean it won’t be a problem.

The other Liverpool players tend to think of Salah as the side’s main man and see how dedicated he is because of the way he takes care of himself – as he has always done – and therefore, there is a recognition that he deserves what he’s getting.

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There are no obvious signs of Salah slowing up, but there were no obvious signs of Sadio Mane slowing up either before he was sold to Bayern Munich last month.

Sometimes, the future can be about a player’s will.

While Salah always wanted to stay providing the money was right, Mane had made it clear to Liverpool that he would not be signing a new contract to replace the one expiring in summer 2023. That is why Luis Diaz was bought in January as his replacement.

Mane, being the player and personality he is, managed to redefine himself in another position during the final months of his Liverpool career, a period when Salah struggled after his mid-season exertions in the Africa Cup of Nations, and the twin disappointments of Egypt losing that tournament’s final and, in March, failing to qualify for the World Cup. Liverpool understood the emotional impact in all of that but backed him. It is thought a summer of rest will have done him the power of good.

It will be fascinating to see how Liverpool use Salah from here.

For five years, he has been the left-footed striker on the right of a front three, but there are indications that changes are afoot given the way Klopp successfully tweaked the shape of his midfield and attack towards the end of last season.

Maybe he’ll need more No 10 options in this evolution. Maybe Salah will be one of the players who can help him with that.

He has nearly always been available for Liverpool. Physically, his body would surely be able to deal with the responsibilities of a more central role. He has become more unselfish over the last 18 months, servicing those around him.

Though he is a much more thoughtful footballer compared to the one that left Cairo for Switzerland, as well as the one that joined Liverpool from Roma, Klopp must think that he fundamentally remains the same machine.

(Top photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

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Explained: BT Sport, Amazon, BBC and the grab for Champions League football

the Athletic - Sat, 07/02/2022 - 05:08

Forget Frenkie de Jong, Raphinha and Marc Cucurella, the real transfer come-get-me-pleas, tugs-of-war, raids and hijacks this weekend involve British football’s top telly talent.

Confirmation that Amazon Prime Video, BT Sport and the BBC will share the midweek European club action in the UK from 2024-25 has fired the gun on a race to secure the likes of Joe Cole, Ian Darke and Jermaine Jenas.

Will it be Salford, Stratford or a studio in the stands with Amazon? Gabby Logan or Alex Scott? Simon Brotherton or Steve Bower? Steve McManaman or Paul Scholes? Truly, these are the best of times for footballers who have played European club football this century.

Good news to them, then, but what about everyone else?

Well, without further ado, let us address what all this means for the broadcasters, fans, UEFA and wider football industry.

Sorry, what are we talking about? 

Apologies. For those who missed it, UEFA has just sold the UK media rights for all of its games in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League between 2024 and 2027.

BT Sport has bought 533 of the 550 available games, giving it an extra 113 matches per season.

The remaining 17 fixtures have been delivered to Amazon.

The online shopping emporium will stream these games on Tuesday evenings, and fully expects them to involve one of Britain’s biggest clubs for as long as such a club remains in the competition.

And the BBC, bless its cotton socks, has grabbed a Champions League highlights package for Wednesday nights.

So, to recap, that’s Amazon with the best British game of the week on Tuesday evening, BT with everything else across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, plus highlights and the three finals, and the BBC with Champions League highlights on Wednesdays.

Has nobody considered when Alan Shearer will find the time to write his articles for The Athletic?

How much have they paid? 

BT, as a listed company, has revealed that it is shelling out about £306 million a year, which is almost 25 per cent down on what it is currently paying for the exclusive rights. More games, less money, sounds good, right?

Well, Amazon has not said how much it has coughed up to nab the biggest British-involvement game of the week but industry sources believe those 17 terrific Tuesdays will cost them just under half of BT’s bill. Something approaching £150 million, then.

The BBC is not saying how many licence fees it has thrown at Europe’s richest football clubs, either, but it is understood to have made a surprisingly punchy bid for a slice of the midweek pie. One source suggested it may have gone as far as £40 million a year, although that sounds on the high side for non-exclusive highlights airing quite late on a school night.

Another way of looking at it is that UEFA wanted a 20 per cent uplift on the £1.2 billion it got from BT three years ago, and European football’s governing body is understood to have just about got there.

So, if you work backwards from that figure of £1.44 billion, Amazon and the BBC have combined to provide about £520 million over the three years, which would bring down the Beeb’s annual contribution to more like £30 million. For context, it pays about £70 million a year for Premier League highlights but gets two big weekend shows, and a nationwide audience, out of that investment.

Wait… 550 games? 

Yep, while you were distracted by Project Big Picture and the European Super League, Europe’s biggest clubs, with our lot in the thick of it, sneaked a massively expanded Champions League format past you, with a bigger Europa League and Europa Conference League, too, for the aspiring middle classes.

From 2024-25, the Champions League will grow from its current 32 teams to 36, and they will play a minimum of eight games in a single-league format, instead of being divided into the present eight groups of four, with six matches each.

salah-liverpool A TV cameraman films a dejected Mohamed Salah following Liverpool’s loss to Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final (Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

This so-called “Swiss model” league will see each competing club play eight other teams — four at home, four away — with each team’s fixture list based on a seeding system to ensure fairness.

The top eight in the league will proceed directly to the last 16, as they do now as group winners. The next 16 teams will go into a round of two-leg play-offs — ninth will play 24th, 10th against 23rd and so on.  The winners of those eight ties will complete the last 16 and the tournament will then proceed as it does now, all the way to the final.

All told, that is 189 Champions League games, up from the current 125. In other words, UEFA is getting 20 per cent more money for 50 per cent more inventory. You can see why the big domestic leagues dug their heels in over UEFA’s original plan to make the “league stage” 10 games long. We are testing the law of diminishing returns here.

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Why has BT given up exclusivity? 

Having all of something means you have to pay a premium for it, and BT has long since given up on the idea of becoming a must-have for sports fans.

The company only got into sports broadcasting a decade ago to defend its position in the UK’s broadband and telephone market against Sky. It achieved that goal relatively quickly but at great expense, and has spent the last few years trying to get out of the sports-media business, or at least to find a partner to share the burden of these huge rights fees.

That partner emerged earlier this year, when BT sold half of BT Sport to American media conglomerate Warner Bros Discovery, which also owns Eurosport, in a deal that could be worth more than £600 million to BT, if certain performance targets are met for their new joint venture.

And what that joint venture will need is lots of live sport to show us.

“While BT loses exclusivity, this deal provides long-term certainty going into the joint venture, providing fans with more games, for less money,” media and telecoms analyst Paolo Pescatore explains.

Dan Harraghy, a senior analyst with London-based firm Ampere Analysis, agrees.

“Amazon will probably take the headlines but it’s a notable deal for BT, being the first major contract agreed following the announcement of the joint venture,” Harraghy says.

“While exclusivity still has value, BT will feel it has acquired a comprehensive enough package, having been able to reduce its spend on Champions League rights by almost 25 per cent, while still broadcasting over 95 per cent of UEFA club competition fixtures.

“The loss of a major Tuesday fixture will be disappointing, but having long-term rights to a high-ticket competition gives BT some security at a time when the business and sports strategy is under development.

“BT has had the rights since 2015, so it is unlikely that the new deal will be a subscription driver. But, combined with owning Premier League rights until at least 2025, this deal provides BT with an attractive-enough sports offering to retain subscribers as the company goes through this period of transition.”

OK, makes sense. But what is Amazon up to? 

Ah, well, this is where things get a lot more exciting for UEFA, the Premier League, the top clubs, their players, their agents and everyone else in the football food chain.

Amazon, the world’s largest retailer outside China, has been in the video-on-demand business since 2006 but it was not until 2017 that it ventured into sport, when it bought some non-exclusive streaming rights for the NFL’s Thursday night games.

A year later, having already added tennis to the mix, it took its first baby steps as a football rights holder in the UK, when it picked up two whole rounds of midweek Premier League matches. It started streaming these games in 2019, usually once across a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night in early December, and then again in the days immediately after Christmas.

Remember, Amazon is first and foremost an online retailer. Everything it does with video is done to encourage you to subscribe to its quick-delivery Amazon Prime service, as Amazon Prime customers are loyal customers.

“The addition of Champions League football is a truly momentous moment for Prime Video in the UK,” says Alex Green, Amazon Prime Video’s managing director for sport. “Since 2018, we’ve seen millions of Prime members in the UK enjoy live sport on Prime Video, and it’s that passion and energy that has led us to this exciting next step.”

Amazon, almost by stealth, has become a very significant player in the global sports rights market.

In September, it will become the exclusive home of NFL Thursday Night Football in the US for the next 11 years. That deal will cost the company a reported $1 billion a year.

But Amazon now has almost as important a relationship with UEFA as it does with the NFL, as it already has the exclusive rights for Champions League football in Germany and Italy. It wanted the French rights, too, but lost the bid for the 2024-27 rights to Canal+. This is on top of the tennis and international rugby union it has in the UK and Ireland, and Ligue 1 and French Open tennis rights in France.

“Amazon is now establishing itself as a key provider of sports in the UK,” Pescatore says. “This will help drive Prime subscriptions and sales even further.”

Ampere’s Harraghy thinks Amazon has seen enough to know that sport reaches places other content cannot touch.

“Amazon currently broadcasts the Champions League in Germany and Italy and may have seen enough success in these markets to suggest subscriber and revenue growth will occur in the UK as well, ” he explains.

“For Amazon, this is its biggest investment in sports rights in the UK, spending around five times the amount it pays for Premier League fixtures. It is a notable investment, given how much it will spend to only broadcast one fixture per week and that it will not show the final.

“But since Amazon only broadcasts two rounds of Premier League games, giving sports fans the option to watch premium-tier football across a larger proportion of the year means the Champions League deal might help sports fans see the longer-term attraction in an Amazon subscription, especially with most games featuring English clubs.

“Amazon will then hope the wider Prime ecosystem – including ancillary content like the All Or Nothing documentaries and sports merchandise on the e-commerce site – will combine to reduce churn and increase spending among sports fans.

“Amazon has essentially been ‘dipping a toe’ into the European sports market, either buying exclusive rights for smaller events or a minority package to premium competitions. This has grown steadily to now include rights to the Champions League in three top markets and Ligue 1 in France.

real-madrid Vinicius Junior celebrates in front of a TV cameraman after his goal in May’s Champions League final (Photo: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

“It’s certainly worth keeping an eye on Amazon’s movements in the next Premier League rights auction, to see whether it looks to establish itself as even more of a key player in the market.”

And that point about “most games featuring English clubs” is significant.

Your eyes are not deceiving you: English clubs have been doing pretty well in European club competitions over the last five years. This is why England is now top of UEFA’s country coefficient rankings and, from 2024-25 onwards, the top two countries in that table both get a fifth place in the Champions League.

Furthermore, as The Athletic has written, the Premier League has emerged from the pandemic stronger than ever, thanks to its booming international rights deals. This financial clout has enabled all Premier League clubs, but particularly the top ones, to dominate the European transfer market.

Amazon has noticed all of this, too. It thinks it has a pretty good chance of picking a match involving an English club for all 17 of those Tuesday nights.

And this is good news for UEFA, too, right? 

Correct. The British market is massive for UEFA, which is why the governing body resisted calls from leagues in smaller markets to give all four of those extra league-stage slots to their champions instead of handing fifth slots to the top two leagues, one of which looks like being the Premier League for the foreseeable future.

This also explains why Premier League clubs were set to make up a third of the European Super League and why that project collapsed when the Big Six took fright.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin just about saw off the breakaway threat that time, but he knows that victory would be short-lived if the big broadcasters and global streamers did not fancy his revamped Champions League.

The early signs on that are very encouraging, though.

As mentioned, UEFA has also sold its 2024-27 rights in France. Amazon was pipped to those by Canal+, which really needed to keep some premium football after losing the Ligue 1 rights. The French pay-TV giant has bought all 550 games for more than £1.2 billion, an increase of almost 30 per cent on what it paid last time.

This big investment could have a negative impact on the next domestic auction of Ligue 1 rights. But nobody at Canal+ will be shedding any tears over that, as the French league ditched its old partner for a bigger cheque from Chinese-backed company Mediapro, only for Mediapro’s French operation to collapse within months of the new contract starting.

French football is still dealing with the fall-out from that debacle, but European club football marches on.

“UEFA has been able to increase the value of the rights by opening up the tender and packages to more players,” notes Pescatore. “However, this will not go down well with fans if they’re forced to fork out more during these unprecedented times with the higher cost of living.”

Finally! Somebody mentioned the fans!

It’s OK, we were getting there.

“More players means more fragmentation,” continues Pescatore. “But this should not be a huge issue because the surprising winner here is the BBC, which will be looking to replicate the success of Match Of The Day.

“More sport on free-to-air is a winner for all viewers, and makes premium European football more accessible.”

The question of how many different subscriptions the market can bear has been a live topic for years. It was not so long ago that a diehard Premier League fan in the UK only needed a Sky Sports subscription, because that pay-TV company owned the rights to all the games that mattered and free-to-air ITV had the Champions League.

But then Setanta took some Premier League games for a season before going bust, then ESPN tried it for a couple of years, before BT entered the fray. If you really, really had to watch your team play every time it was selected for a live match, well, you needed more than Sky, which has never been cheap.

Then after six years of two direct debits, Amazon came along in 2019 and made it three.

However, from a Premier League point of view, the argument has always been that nobody is forcing anyone to pay these amounts, and premium entertainment, like top-flight English football, is not a basic human right. After all, the money Sky et al have invested in the English game is the biggest reason why the Premier League is now top of UEFA’s coefficient rankings.

And there has always been Match Of The Day — the perfect answer to every difficult question about accessibility, fairness and not pricing out the next generation of fans and players. UEFA can now use the same excuse, too.

But this also represents something of a gamble for the BBC, too, although it might be a gamble it had to take.

“It is certainly an interesting move for the BBC,” Harraghy says. “Highlights shows such as Match Of The Day have seen viewing figures decline over recent years, driven especially by the increased prominence of online video highlights and clips on social media.

“It is uncertain whether the investment in a traditional magazine show will be worthwhile in the long-term as viewing habits continue to shift online.”

People have been predicting the death of Match Of The Day since the days of Alan Hansen and Des Lynam. The host and the pundits may have changed but the programme is still there, and whatever the BBC calls its Wednesday night Champions League show it will still get a bigger audience than the live offerings on both Amazon and BT, and most likely win the time slot, too.

Alan and Des will be kicking themselves they’re not 20 years younger, though.

They would be the subject of the mightiest transfer tug-of-war between the UK’s new Champions League broadcasters and their war chests.

(Top photo: Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

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FSG can use crucial transfer advantage to land record-breaking MLS sensation for Liverpool

Liverpool.com - Sat, 07/02/2022 - 05:00

Liverpool's new sporting director's job for the next few seasons is simple: build a squad for the long-term future. But as Julian Ward will know well, that is easier said than done.

In spite of the challenges that usually involve building new teams, Ward has done a commendable job so far having brought in three exciting players already this summer all under the age of 23, plus he has now tied down Mohamed Salah to a new contract.

But while all three arrivals have potential, their success will be determined later down the road, and Ward will not just be merely relying on their presence to replace an ageing Liverpool squad.

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One of the biggest challenges facing the club's new sporting director had been the dilemma around Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian has turned 30 years of age this summer and he demanded a hefty new contract to reflect his status as one of the best players in the world.

But in order to give Salah close to what he wanted, Ward had to convince FSG to break a long-standing policy that they haven't really done before on the scale of the Egyptian.

Standing on a precipice, teetering close to the edge, in the end, Ward secured a three-year extension for Salah, which means Liverpool's need to replace the Egyptian has now turned from a short-term problem to a long-term one, and the club can look at younger solutions.

The Reds already have a few long-term solutions through the likes of Kaide Gordon and Ben Doak in the academy, but earlier this week, another possible target may have emerged.

Rushing onto a loose pass to disposses his defensive opponents, before breaking through clear on goal and putting the ball deftly into the back of the net to score his first MLS goal, Serge Ngoma's rapid pressing and tidy finish highlighted plenty of quintessential moves required to be in Jürgen Klopp's team.

That alone should have been enough for Liverpool to take notice, but what will have been even more impressive is that Ngoma is just 16 years of age. He became New York Red Bull's second youngest player of all time to score in the MLS, and just the 12th 16-year-old to score in the league overall since the inception of the MLS.

Two seasons ago, Ngoma became the youngest player at just 15 years of age for New York Red Bulls' second side who play in the second tier of the USA, and he is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in the MLS at the moment.

Quick, intelligent with an eye for goal and precision in the final third, there are shades of a typical Liverpool forward in his style of play and the Reds would do well to monitor his progression, especially considering they have particularly close links with Red Bull having brought in a couple of players from both RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg in the past.

Given his ability to play on the right-wing role, he may even end up becoming a long-term solution for Liverpool in the position if Salah decides to embark on pastures new once his new three-year deal has expired.

With the MLS continuing to grow and plenty of recent examples of players making the step up into Europe such as Alphonso Davies, Tyler Adams or Brenden Aaronson, Ngoma could easily be the next player on that list. If he continues to catch the eye, that could well end-up being at Liverpool.

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Golden Games: The 50 greatest individual Premier League performances ranked

the Athletic - Sat, 07/02/2022 - 03:04

In the breathless moments after the final whistle in the Premier League, a player is ushered into a makeshift interview suite, told he has been named the man of the match and invited to make grand, sweeping conclusions about the game and its significance.

After a particularly impressive individual display, the player might be asked: “Where does that rank?” — to which the default answer is “Yeah, no, it’s right up there.”

“Right up there” is a safe response because, truly, how can a player be expected to self-analyse so soon?

Players know when they have played well or played badly, but over the course of 90-plus minutes of physical exertion and intense focus, in and out of possession, alternately going on instinct and making split-second decisions under pressure, they are rather unlikely to have considered their performance in any wider context.

The question will always be asked, though, because when watching sport we love to quantify the unquantifiable. It is never enough to say you have witnessed a great performance. There is always the temptation to wonder and debate where it ranks.

All of which brings us to Golden Games, a series in which The Athletic writers will pay tribute to what we consider the 50 greatest individual performances of the Premier League era. (And before anyone says it, yes, we know very well that football existed long before 1992 but, given that this summer brings the 30th anniversary of that particular rebranding exercise, it feels an opportune moment for this.)

So … 30 seasons. Would you like to guess how many individual performances that adds up to? Well, let’s talk you through it.

From the historic opening weekend in August 1992 — when all but 13 of the 242 starters were from the British Isles and when all the hype about “A Whole New Ball Game” seemed terribly misplaced — to that dramatic, climactic Sunday afternoon last month, there have been 11,646 matches. Each match has had 22 players in the starting line-up, so that’s … yes, 256,212. And top of that there have been 53,737 run-outs as a substitute, so that makes…

Yes, that’s right. Well done to all of you who knew that precisely 309,949 appearances have been made in the Premier League by a total of 4,488 players.

No fewer than 653 of those appearances, spanning a 20-year period with Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton and West Bromwich Albion, were made by Gareth Barry. That might sound like an awful lot until you realise that it is just 0.21 per cent of the total. You could throw Ryan Giggs (632 appearances), Frank Lampard (609), James Milner (588) and David James (572) into the mix and you would still be just short of one per cent of the total appearances made.

Will any of Gareth Barry’s 653 appearances make the final list? (Getty Images)

And here at The Athletic we’re looking to celebrate the top 50. That isn’t the top one per cent. That isn’t even the top 0.1 per cent. It’s the top 0.01613168618063 per cent. It’s like asking you to name the 50 best days of your life… if you lived to the age of 849.

But without wanting to give away too many spoilers, Ali Dia’s solitary appearance, that infamous cameo for Southampton against Leeds United in November 1996, didn’t make the top 50. Neither did Peter Enckelman’s nightmare for Aston Villa against Birmingham City in September 2002 or Jon Walters’ tough afternoon at the office (two own goals and a missed penalty) for Stoke City against Chelsea in January 2013. See? We’re three down already. We’ll be down to 50 in no time.

I’ll let you in on something. We didn’t actually put all 11,646 matches into consideration. We just spent weeks debating — and not just among ourselves — which performances over the course of the Premier League era stood out in our collective memories.

This isn’t just about the big names and the best players. We did that for our Premier League 60 series two years ago — and some of the arguments are only just beginning to quieten down. 

Around half of the players who made that list appear in this one too, but there are some very notable absentees, along with a few others who are best remembered for one extraordinary performance — a day when “Where does that rank?” might actually have elicited a straightforward answer.

Of course, our selections are subjective. Newspapers have run player ratings for decades and in more recent times there have been many more sophisticated attempts to use data to measure individual performance, but, whether it is whoscored.com or the Sky Sports Power rankings (which respectively had Kevin De Bruyne and Son Heung-min as the best performer in the Premier League this season), no system is foolproof.

Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, was narrowly short of a perfect ten (9.7) when he scored a hat-trick for Manchester United against Norwich City in April, but was that really one of the great Premier League performances? Or was, say, his display away to Tottenham last October (one goal, one assist, a mere 8.5 on the whoscored.com scale) more impressive?

So this exercise was not data-driven — not least because data from the first two decades of the Premier League is so disappointingly scarce. Instead, we tapped into our memory banks, scoured the archives, debated endlessly and sought wider expertise to build a very, very long list of performances that was ultimately and arduously whittled down to 50.

As well as the beat reporters at the clubs we cover full-time, we sought the expertise of fans and writers from clubs like Barnsley, Blackpool, Bradford City, Oldham Athletic, Reading, Swindon Town and Wigan Athletic. If we couldn’t find room for, say, the goalkeeping heroics of Matt Clarke or a hat-trick from Jan Aage Fjortoft or Aruna Dindane, we wanted to make sure we did at least give them every consideration.

fjortoft Fjortoft’s performance was among the hundreds (and hundreds (and hundreds))) considered (Getty Images)

We had just one ground rule. No player could feature more than once. So if, let’s say, a brilliant Belgian midfielder at a club in the north-west was already on our list for one spellbinding performance from 2017 and he then produced another in the final weeks of this season, it would have been a question of picking between those two displays. That particular player might end up featuring once (spoiler alert) but neither he nor anyone else is going to make it twice.

Instead, we have produced a list that we feel reflects the great and the good and, crucially, a few performances which proved exceptional in more ways than one.

Inevitably we found more room for feats of goalscoring and creative genius — and goalkeeping — than for understated excellence in other areas. (Seriously, you try persuading your colleagues of the merits of Billy Kenny’s performance in the first Merseyside derby of the Premier League era when it’s almost 30 years since you watched it in a teenage, drunken haze and when, deep down, try as you might, all you can really remember is a couple of crunching tackles.)

But we have insisted on a variety, so that it isn’t just a case of recalling one hat-trick after another. We have also been careful to ensure a sensible spread. Some seasons don’t feature at all, but the early years of the Premier League feature prominently; in fact, at the time of writing (because you can never rule out a last-minute change with these things), I’m delighted to tell you that no season features more frequently than 1993-94.

Some of you might be annoyed or bewildered that a certain performance or a certain player — or even a certain club — doesn’t feature.

Please don’t be. It’s not intended as a definitive list. It’s a bit of fun, designed to give our readers something more to enjoy during the gap between one Premier League season and another. (To give our writers something to write about over the summer, you mean? How dare you. There is always plenty going on. This is just another offering.)

As with the Premier League 60 series, we hope you’ll enjoy the content rather than worry unduly about the rankings or any perceived slights on your favourite player or club.

It is inevitable that some clubs feature more than others (and some not at all), but there is a wide range of players, a wide range of personalities and a wide range of stories behind the performances. And sometimes the context, the circumstances and the backstory will allow us to see a player’s contribution in a very different light.

In some cases, where the facility allows, we will use Wyscout to evaluate the performance and analyse it in painstaking detail. In other cases we might look at it through the eyes of his opponents.

And, where possible, we will get some insight from the players themselves — and perhaps now, decades on in some cases, they will be able to recall through the mists of time that the performance in question really was right up there. Right up in the top 0.01613168618063 per cent.

(Main graphic — photos: Getty Images/design: Sam Richardson)

We will thread every article in this series below, as well as collecting them together here.

No 50: Jamie Vardy, for Leicester City v Manchester United

No 49: Wayne Rooney, for Everton v Bolton Wanderers

No 48: Mesut Ozil, for Arsenal v Leicester City

No 47: Jay-Jay Okocha, for Bolton Wanderers v  Tottenham Hotspur

Jay-Jay Okocha, Bolton, Golden Games

No 46: Niall Quinn, for Sunderland v Chelsea

No 45: Mark Viduka, for Leeds United v Liverpool

No 44: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for Manchester United v Nottingham Forest

No 43: Jack Grealish, for Aston Villa v Liverpool

No 42: Sergio Aguero, for Manchester City v Leicester City

No 41: Ian Wright, for Arsenal v Everton

No 40: Neil Redfearn, for Barnsley v Liverpool

No 39: Paul Scholes, for Manchester United v Newcastle

No 38: Steven Gerrard, for Liverpool v Manchester United

No 37: Phil Jagielka, for Sheffield United v Arsenal

No 36: Fernandinho, for Manchester City v Liverpool

No 35: Tim Flowers, for Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United

No 34: Emmanuel Adebayor, for Tottenham v Newcastle

No 33: David Beckham, for Manchester United v West Ham United

Manchester United, Davide Beckham

No 32: Philippe Albert for Newcastle United v Manchester City

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Liverpool know Darwin Núñez and Erling Haaland truth as Pep Guardiola should be more concerned

Liverpool.com - Sat, 07/02/2022 - 03:00

Liverpool and Manchester City have taken steps in order to stay ahead of the competition next season. The two clubs have stood tall over the rest of the Premier League over the last five years, and the pair were by far and away the best in the league last year.

But both aren’t just content to rest on their laurels. City struck first, signing Erling Haaland towards the end of May after activating his release clause. Liverpool then retaliated by signing Darwin Núñez from Benfica after Sadio Mané told the club that he felt his journey with the Reds had come to an end.

The two strikers represent a radical departure from what came before. Both Haaland and Nunez will make City and Liverpool a little bit more fixed in attack, with both more like traditional no.9s than either Mané or Gabriel Jesus.

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At this stage, there is no telling which of the two strikers will take to England instantly. Sometimes a player needs time to acclimatise to a new country, a new language and a new way of working.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes Núñez is the bigger gamble, believing that Liverpool will need to rely more on his goals than Haaland’s for City.

“Manchester City might not rely on Haaland as much as Liverpool will rely on Núñez to score goals,” said Fowler. “So I can see Núñez being more of a gamble.

“Regardless of Haaland being at City, I think they still have other players who can score goals. As much as they are probably similar players, the teams are totally different.

“Let’s be honest, it probably is a bit of a gamble. Any player going into any club is a bit of a gamble. It is a gamble I’m more than happy to take.”

Is this necessarily the case though?

A look through City’s figures for last season shows that simply isn’t true. Kevin de Bruyne was City’s top scorer in the Premier League, with 15 goals. Raheem Sterling scored 13; Riyad Mahrez netted 11; Phil Foden nine and İlkay Gündoğan eight.

Jack Grealish, City’s £100m signing a year ago, scored three — three!

There is a complete contrast at Liverpool, where Mohamed Salah scored 23, Mané 16 and Diogo Jota 15 (Premier League only).

Fowler’s argument doesn’t really hold up. Of course, Mané won’t be at Anfield next season, but Luis Díaz will likely get on the score sheet more in his first full season, Salah and Jota will still be there, and we could see the rebirth of Roberto Firmino, especially if Jürgen Klopp switches formation as his been speculated and the Brazilian can stay fit for longer spells.

Manchester City are losing Sterling, have already lost Jesus to Arsenal and could also lose Bernardo Silva before the end of the summer, so in actual fact they will be more reliant on Haaland than Liverpool will be on Núñez.

Of course, as previously mentioned, we can’t predict how both will do in England, but even if Núñez doesn’t hit the ground running, having Salah, Jota, Díaz and Firmino there should be enough to cover for him.

Can the same really be said for Haaland at City? If anyone should be concerned about their forward line next season, it is Pep Guardiola and not Jürgen Klopp.

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Jadon Sancho can help Liverpool complete next major transfer after Mohamed Salah signing confirmed

Liverpool.com - Sat, 07/02/2022 - 01:00

Liverpool have already sealed the biggest signing they could have hoped for this summer in the form of Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah — but a big part of why the 30-year-old has signed up for the next three years is what comes next.

Committing around £55m in wages for Salah, should he see out the deal, is a significant investment — albeit a more than worthy one for a player of his quality — but the money will continue to be put in sensibly elsewhere too.

With the Salah saga over (at least for another year, by which time talk of another extension will have surfaced), attention will soon turn to the other bits of business that Liverpool need to do.

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There are still more contracts expiring in 2023 that need sorting out — though what was looking like comfortably the most difficult of those has now very quickly been boxed off out of the blue — but transfers will be important too.

With Salah signed up, the shows of ambition from Liverpool are going to continue, and that means looking ahead to the long term, as those behind the scenes at Anfield always do.

Next summer, the priority will be in midfield (though there might also be a need for another forward to be brought in depending on what decision Liverpool's hierarchy make on Roberto Firmino) with Jude Bellingham the leading name for many.

Concerns have been raised over the potential for his price tag to increase in the time between now and then — the World Cup being a valid worry in that regard.

But even with Borussia Dortmund seemingly wanting to keep their prized asset for another year after selling Erling Haaland to Manchester City, there are other reasons to believe that there should be no such consternation.

Reports this week emerged of the Bundesliga side wanting €120m (£103m) for the 18-year-old midfielder, but similar reports emerged surrounding Jadon Sancho during the two summers (and more) that Manchester United chased the winger.

Manchester United ended up paying a fee of £72m, and it probably can only help Liverpool's cause that Sancho has failed to ignite since moving back to the Premier League, despite showing plenty of promise in Germany.

Sancho would almost certainly have looked a far better player had he moved to Liverpool last summer rather than the disjointed Old Trafford side, but it can be no bad bargaining tool to point out his price tag and impact since.

Liverpool might well feel that Bellingham is the player they want to target the most, but spending a nine-figure sum on him should — in theory — be avoidable.

With Salah extending, this is just the start of a long and continuing evolution process. One ambitious deal has been completed; now work will begin on the next.

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Salah’s new £350k-a-week Liverpool contract, why it makes sense and why it doesn’t

the Athletic - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 21:48

In late 2019, towards the end of another relentlessly hot day scrambling across Cairo’s concrete sprawl in search of fresh information about Egypt’s most famous footballer, one of his former team-mates found it easy to explain why Mohamed Salah had managed to do what only a select few from his country have been able to achieve.

Ali Fathi had shared five years of his teenage life with Salah when the pair were signed to El Mokawloon. In an apartment block to the east of Cairo, they would spend their evenings gaming, where Salah, on FIFA, would always be Barcelona – the club he dreamed of joining.

It had always been Salah’s ambition to move to Europe. He didn’t seem particularly motivated by a future at Al Ahly or Zamalek, the two Cairo clubs where all of the best Egyptian footballers tend to end up. It cannot be overestimated how unusual this was, because the passion for football is on a religious level in Egypt, where players are paid well enough to make it easier for them to stay at home when offers come from abroad.

Fathi, a left-back, whose career had taken him briefly to the Portuguese island of Madeira before he returned to the wild womb of Cairo, was injured at the time and trying to get back into the team at his latest club, El Entag El Harby.

Looking across the training field, he commented on the size and shape of his current team-mates, comparing them to Salah, who was thousands of miles away and trying to negotiate a British winter during a season where he would end up as a Premier League champion.

Simply, it had been Salah’s independence that made him different. He was able to think alone and this meant he looked after himself. After training every day, he would go to the exercise hall unaccompanied and lift weights for a minimum of half an hour. Later, he enrolled at a private gymnasium where he told an instructor that he needed to improve his stamina and acceleration, even though he’d already dazzled in his early professional career as an extremely fast footballer.

Fathi suggested that the diet of Egyptian footballers generally wasn’t particularly healthy because of their meat intake. Salah, however, took conditioning incredibly seriously – “more seriously than any Egyptian footballer I’ve ever met”.

He had not been guided by any of his coaches in this pursuit. Indeed, he might have been a Barcelona fan but from afar, he’d seen Cristiano Ronaldo with his Real Madrid shirt off after scoring a goal and realised the way the game was heading. “Mo realised he had to become a machine,” Fathi concluded.

Last month made it a decade since Salah’s departure from Egyptian club football. A new three-year contract at Liverpool will take him to within three seasons of the Egyptian player who holds the records for the longest career in Europe.

Yet perhaps Salah’s path would have been different had he listened to that same player; Hany Ramzy, a defender who represented their country at the 1990 World Cup, before he became a scout in Germany.

Ramzy spent 11 of his 16 years in Europe with Werder Bremen and Kaiserslautern. This meant he had a good understanding of the Bundesliga, which is where Salah could have gone first when he left Egypt had it not been for the intervention of Mohamed Amer, his manager at El Mokawloon, who advised him to wait.

Instead, he stepped from North Africa into Europe via Switzerland, where his performances in 18 months with Basel led to an offer from Liverpool. Had he agreed to move to Anfield in 2014 instead of joining Chelsea, you also wonder where he might be positioned currently on the club’s all-time goalscoring list.

mohamed-salah Salah has scored 156 goals in 254 games since his arrival from Roma for £36 million in 2017 (Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

Perhaps it worked out for the best that his time at the club has coincided entirely with Jurgen Klopp, a manager who suggested that the player’s “best years are still to come” earlier today (Friday) after Liverpool made Salah the highest-paid player in the club’s history at the age of 30.

This deal is not free of risk.

It has been claimed that Liverpool are treading similar ground to Arsenal two years ago, when they renewed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract at 31 before his influence wilted quickly.

These, however, are different footballers with different mindsets representing different clubs in different states of health, led by different managers at different stages of their relationship with the players concerned.

Aubameyang, after all, seems to have found himself again since moving on to Barcelona in January. For Salah, the risk, perhaps, relates more to his own game: how he, Klopp and his Liverpool team-mates adjust to him becoming older. Each party will need to ensure his output during this process justifies the investment.

Liverpool have made an exception for Salah in this agreement but it does not mean the decision is unprecedented.

While running all of its sporting interests, including baseball’s Boston Red Sox, Fenway Sports Group has rarely handed out huge contracts to sportspeople who are reaching a stage in their careers that normally would be beyond the physical peak of many.

Clearly, however, Liverpool do not believe this is the case with Salah – just as they did not with James Milner, who the club recruited as their best-paid player when he was soon to be 30 years old on this same date seven years ago.

Milner, of course, is ticking along just fine all this time later and after the players return for pre-season training on Monday morning, it would be a surprise if he and Salah are not at the front of the pack when they hurtle across the track in the otherwise dreaded kilometre interval sprints in the days that follow.

When comparing the Milner of 2015 and the Salah of 2022, however, there is a difference of around £200,000 a week.

Ultimately, Salah’s stay at Liverpool has always boiled down to money, no matter how the club, the player or his representative Ramy Abbas try to frame it now that all parties are happy about the outcome.

When Kevin De Bruyne, a month short of his 30th birthday, agreed a two-year contract extension in May of last year to keep him at Manchester City past his 34th birthday, Salah, with guidance from Abbas, figured they should be aiming for something similar. That is roughly what they got – although there were concessions from both sides because some of his £350k a week is incentivised around performance and achievement.

Despite concerns that this information might cause problems with team-mates and their representatives, who now know there is always wiggle room in any future negotiation, Klopp is particularly confident that the humility and intelligence in the Anfield dressing room mean it won’t be a problem.

The other Liverpool players tend to think of Salah as the side’s main man and see how dedicated he is because of the way he takes care of himself – as he has always done – and therefore, there is a recognition that he deserves what he’s getting.

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There are no obvious signs of Salah slowing up, but there were no obvious signs of Sadio Mane slowing up either before he was sold to Bayern Munich last month.

Sometimes, the future can be about a player’s will.

While Salah always wanted to stay providing the money was right, Mane had made it clear to Liverpool that he would not be signing a new contract to replace the one expiring in summer 2023. That is why Luis Diaz was bought in January as his replacement.

Mane, being the player and personality he is, managed to redefine himself in another position during the final months of his Liverpool career, a period when Salah struggled after his mid-season exertions in the Africa Cup of Nations, and the twin disappointments of Egypt losing that tournament’s final and, in March, failing to qualify for the World Cup. Liverpool understood the emotional impact in all of that but backed him. It is thought a summer of rest will have done him the power of good.

It will be fascinating to see how Liverpool use Salah from here.

For five years, he has been the left-footed striker on the right of a front three, but there are indications that changes are afoot given the way Klopp successfully tweaked the shape of his midfield and attack towards the end of last season.

Maybe he’ll need more No 10 options in this evolution. Maybe Salah will be one of the players who can help him with that.

He has nearly always been available for Liverpool. Physically, his body would surely be able to deal with the responsibilities of a more central role. He has become more unselfish over the last 18 months, servicing those around him.

Though he is a much more thoughtful footballer compared to the one that left Cairo for Switzerland, as well as the one that joined Liverpool from Roma, Klopp must think that he fundamentally remains the same machine.

(Top photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

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Mo Salah contract details revealed – “in excess of £350k per week”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:50

Liverpool announced a new long-term contract for Mohamed Salah on Friday, which is said to have made the Egyptian the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

After months of negotiations, Salah has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The shock announcement was made on Friday, with Liverpool posting a video showing Salah confirming the news with the words “Salah stays.”

Now, the details of Salah’s new deal have been revealed, with The Times‘ Paul Joyce reporting that Liverpool’s No.11 will earn a weekly wage in excess of £350,000 per week, more than any other player in the club’s history.

Meanwhile, the Liverpool Echo report that, although Salah’s deal will see him earn less than £400k per week, the terms are heavily incentivised and could see him earn more than that figure based on player performance.

Writing in The Telegraph, Chris Bascombe claims Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, became increasingly confident that Salah would sign a new deal after his admission that he would rather see out existing contract than leave the club this summer.

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Earlier in the day, Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas posted a cryptic laughing face emoji from his Twitter account, leading fans to believe that his client was closer to a Liverpool exit than ever.

However, hours later, Liverpool’s official account responded to Abbas’ tweet with a facepalm emoji, before revealing Salah had in fact signed a new contract.

After months of intense negotiations, Salah’s new deal is another boost for the club ahead of the new campaign, with the Reds set to reconvene for pre-season training on Monday.

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Mo Salah’s new contract dominates the latest Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:45

Salah stays! After months of negotiations, Liverpool made the shock announcement that their No. 11 had put pen to paper on a new long-term contract on Friday.

Happy Friday from Mo Salah!

It’s official, Mohamed Salah is at Liverpool to stay!

Earlier in the day, the Egyptian looked closer to the Liverpool exit door than ever, after another cryptic tweet from his agent Ramy Abbas Issa.

Posting a laughing face emoji, Abbas’ tweet generated an angry reaction among Reds on social media, who assumed it was another tweet indicating that an agreement was no closer.

But when Liverpool’s official account replied to the tweet with a facepalm emoji, many started to realise he could have been referring to some good news after all.

Minutes later, the club posted a video of Salah confirming the news with the words ‘Salah stays’ – an announcement that will live long in the memory of Reds fans around the world.

The new deal is expected to make the Egyptian the highest-paid player in the club’s history, with reports suggesting he has agreed to a heavily incentivised deal worth in excess of £350,000 per week.

Enjoy your weekend, Reds!

3 things today: Mo Salah you little dancer!

  • Mohamed Salah is to become the highest earner in Liverpool’s history, with reports suggesting his new deal could see him earn in excess of £400,000 per week based on player related bonuses
  • Darwin Nunez will have enjoyed hearing Salah say he was “so excited” to link up with the Uruguayan in his interview with LFCTV on Friday
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  • Salah’s new deal was announced in style, showing him sat poolside and scrolling through tweets about his contract situation before declaring “Salah stays”
  • The Egyptian King believes Liverpool are in a great position to compete for trophies once more, challenging his team-mates to “go for everything again”
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 Liverpool supporters react to Everton's Richarlison de Andrade during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 240th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by Lindsey Parneby/Propaganda)

 Liverpool supporters react to Everton's Richarlison de Andrade during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 240th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by Lindsey Parneby/Propaganda) Tweet of the day and match of the night

We’re spoilt for choice! It’s a day that will go down in Liverpool Twitter history, but we simply had to go for the official announcement video.

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Enjoy a celebratory Salah contract drink while tuning into England taking on Israel in the Under-19 Euro final.

Reds defender Jarell Quansah scored the winner in for the Young Lions in the semis!

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Carra: Liverpool right to bend wage structure for 'legend' Salah

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:45

Jamie Carragher says he is "delighted" Mohamed Salah has signed a new three-year contract and Liverpool were right to pay the forward big money to stay at Anfield.

There was speculation the Egyptian could leave the Reds next summer, with his previous contract having just one year left to run. However, he has now put pen to paper on a deal which will see him earn in excess of £350,000 a week through to 2025.

Liverpool have a carefully managed wage structure but with forwards Sadio Mane and Divock Origi departing, Sky Sports pundit Carragher believes his former club have used the freed-up money wisely by making Salah the highest-paid player in the club's history.

Asked if his reaction to Friday's news was relief or elation, Carragher told Sky Sports News: "A bit of both.

"Losing Mane, it was sad to see that front three break up. Lots of Liverpool fans over the last few months were kind of resigned to the fact that Salah might see out the last 12 months of his contract and then move on. And perhaps the club were not maybe prepared to go the numbers he wanted or he felt he deserved and he would leave the club.

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Mohamed Salah says he is hoping to win more trophies with Liverpool after agreeing a new three year deal (Credit: LFC Twitter)

"But I think the fact that Origi has moved on and Mane has moved on and Liverpool have brought in maybe one attacking player who is on similar sorts of wages [in Darwin Nunez]. I think the fact that two have gone and one has come in means that they could maybe get closer to the numbers Salah wanted.

"I think everyone is just delighted Salah has signed and fingers crossed he produces over the next three years what he has produced over the last five years and I am sure that he can.

"Maybe money [was the main factor in negotiations]. There is nothing wrong with that. Salah has been as good as anybody in the Premier League or anyone in European football, certainly in his position, and he'll feel he deserves to be paid as well as those. And we know the types of numbers other players get at other clubs.

"Liverpool have never really gone to that level in terms of numbers, certainly under FSG - and I think that a lot of Liverpool fans respect that model because it has brought a lot of success to the club so they almost accept how they go about things not just with player contracts but also with signing players.

"I don't think there would have been much criticism if Salah had left. But I think now and again when you have someone as special as Salah the rule that you have to have in place you have to certainly bend them, maybe not necessarily break them but you have to maybe go closer to a position that maybe you don't want to."

Mohamed Salah celebrates his second goal of the game (AP) Image: Salah scored 23 Premier League goals last season

Carragher says Salah already has legendary status at Liverpool but is hopeful that the 30-year-old will continue to deliver the same levels of performance he has in recent seasons during the course of the next three years.

"The way he looks after himself, I think he can be like a Cristiano Ronaldo, still getting goals in the Premier League," said Carragher.

"The way Salah leads his life, I think there is a good chance over the next three years you will see no sort of drop-off in terms of his numbers.

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"Salah is already a Liverpool legend and if he'd moved on in 12 months he'd have still been a legend. What players like him, Alisson, Van Dijk, Mane, how they've changed the face of Liverpool Football Club along with the manager means they will all be legends no matter when they move on for the club and for whatever reason they move on from the club.

"I think the supporters are very thankful for what these players have given. Salah will finish his time in the top five or six players ever to have played for the club. He's certainly in Liverpool's best-ever XI and there's no doubt that right now he's a Liverpool legend and hopefully he can enhance that reputation over the next three years."

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Interview | Mohamed Salah on new contract: 'I'm ready to go again'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:10

"I'm ready to go again," was Mohamed Salah's emphatic message to Liverpool supporters after he committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new deal.

The forward ensured his five-year stay with the Reds will be extended into the coming seasons by putting pen to paper on the contract on Friday.

And moments after inking the new terms, Salah sat down with Liverpoolfc.com during his holiday for an exclusive interview to outline what he is aiming to achieve over the course of the deal.

Read on for a full transcript of our chat with the 30-year-old...

Mo, thank you for allowing us to visit you during your holiday. Can you tell everyone why we're here today?

Well, I just renewed my contract and that's why we're here now.

It's fantastic news, I'm sure all of our supporters are going to be delighted. How are you feeling?

I feel great and [I am] excited to win trophies with the club. It's a happy day for everyone.

There was obviously a lot of talk, a lot of speculation, so how pleased are you to have this done and for the external focus to be on your football?

It takes a little bit of time, I think, to renew, but now everything is done so we just need to focus on what's next.

You turned 30 last month, but the general perception externally is you are a player who still has many years left at the top due to your physical condition. Is that something you agree with?

Yes, of course. I think everybody now, I can say in the last 10 days, has started to reach their peak after 30 or something. I am so excited for the next [few] years.

It was also your five-year anniversary as a Liverpool player last month. It's been an incredible journey so far…

Yeah, it's been... we won so many things together. We had some disappointments, but this is football. I have enjoyed my football here at the club and hopefully I will continue to enjoy it and win many trophies.

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Is it what you expected when you joined Liverpool back in 2017?

If I look back to that time when I came, the club were not winning many things but I think the interview was with you and I told you I had come [here] to win trophies. I think we have won good trophies together [since]! And I think we can do it again.

As a person but also as a player, how are you different to the guy who walked through the door at Melwood back in 2017?

It's different. I have more experience; I know more now. You know the people in the city more, the football more, you know your teammates more, so you just learn every day when you play football. It's completely different.

In terms of you coming to Liverpool, how grateful are you to the people who showed such faith in you to bring you to the club back then?

Of course. I am sure we both did a great job - to bring me here and I did a great job with the team! I want to thank everybody who helped me to come here. There's [still] a long way to go!

It's 156 goals so far in just 254 appearances. You're the club's ninth-highest scorer of all time. You've spoken before about breaking club records, how much of an inspiration is that now you'll be here for longer? 

It's great to see yourself as the ninth-highest top goalscorer for the club, especially when you do it in a short time. It's something great and I think, as I've said many times before, the most important thing is to win trophies. But I think when you score goals and help the team to win games, that's also what brings trophies. It's something I'm proud of.

It is an amazing statistic to be ninth on the list already...

Of course, especially when you do it in a short time as a winger, with many assists. It's something great.

You've won every major trophy possible as a Liverpool player, with two more added last season. Are you confident this team is ready to compete and challenge at the highest level once again this season?

Yeah, I think you can see in the last five or six years the team was always going [upwards]. Last season we were close to winning four, but unfortunately in the last week of the season we lost two trophies. I think we are in a good position to fight for everything. We have new signings as well. We just need to keep working hard, have a good vision, be positive and go for everything again. 

As you said, we also went so close in two other competitions last season. This team has shown in the past it responds to setbacks...

Yes, I think so. I think the team has what it takes to win every trophy, to fight for everything from the beginning [of the season].

I know you like the focus to be on the team, but it was a special season for yourself winning the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards and the Golden Boot and top assist-maker in the Premier League. What are your targets for this new season?

Well, hopefully, win them again, but first the Premier League and Champions League!

I think it's important to mention the assists - 13 in the league last season. The attack will look a little different this season with Darwin Nunez coming in and Sadio leaving. How much are you looking forward to linking up with our new signing?

I am so excited, I want to play with him. He had a good season and played good against us, home and away. Also, Sadio has left and I am going to miss him. He had great seasons with the club, so I wish him all the best. I wish Darwin all the best too to score many goals for us.

With 63 games as well as AFCON, it was an intense season for you. How important has it been for you to have some time off this summer and recharge?

It's always nice to have a break and recharge. Last season was a really long season, especially with the Africa Cup of Nations. I wish we'd won more trophies, but you can't complain - you just need to focus on next year and that's it.

You're idolised by our supporters. They've even painted a mural of you near Anfield, which I know you've been to see. What does that mean to you, their support?

It's great. The painting looks unbelievable. I was so happy when I went there [to see it on] the street and take a picture with it. I am going to post one of them soon, but it's unbelievable. 

And speaking of the fans, what were your thoughts on the parade at the end of last season? We'd lost the Champions League final the night before, but over half a million people came out to greet the team...

It's something unbelievable, you wouldn't see it anywhere [else]. I think the people appreciate what we did and what we were doing during the season. There were two big disappointments for us in the last week of the season, but they know we did our best to win those trophies so that's why they were there. I want to thank them for that experience.

What is your message to those supporters today as you sign this new deal?

My message to them is, you know me and I give everything to the club. So, my message is the players in the team want to give our best next season to try to win all the trophies. As usual, you stay behind us and give us a big push and I am sure we are going to win trophies again [together]. 

And I'm sure they'd like to know, are you ready to go again?

Of course I am ready to go again!

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Interview | Mohamed Salah on new contract: 'I'm ready to go again'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:10
"I'm ready to go again," was Mohamed Salah's emphatic message to Liverpool supporters after he committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new deal.
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Three things that will 'definitely' happen as Mohamed Salah signs new Liverpool contract

Liverpool.com - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:00

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is staying beyond 2023. After a saga that lasted most of last season, the Egyptian made the sensible decision on his future: to stay at a club that values him, where he fits perfectly, and where he will continue to lift trophies.

Frankly, it made no sense for Salah to move anywhere else other than for financial reasons, and the 30-year-old has become comfortably Liverpool's best-paid player.

Liverpool have catapulted him into the conversation for the Ballon d'Or and he, in turn, has helped dragged them to glory domestically and in the Champions League. Now, that journey can continue for longer.

READ MORE:Liverpool just made the summer's best signing as Mohamed Salah confirms 'long term' contract

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These are the three things that Liverpool.com believe will 'definitely' happen now Salah has signed his extension at Anfield, in arguably the biggest news of the summer!

Agent animosity cools

Ramy Abbas Issa, it is fair to say, was not the most popular man in Liverpool over the past few months. Just a couple of hours prior to the official announcement of Salah's extension, he posted another cryptic tweet which left Reds fans bemused.

When Liverpool's official Twitter account responded with an emoji of a person with their head in their hands, things were not looking particularly promising — but of course, they already knew the true outcome.

Salah went from people urging him to sack his agent to be lauded within the space of a couple of hours, and Liverpool have got their man. Now hopefully they won't need to hear from Salah's representative again for a while...

Salah starts the season on fire

Mohamed Salah was the best player in the world at the start of last season, but tailed off after AFCON disappointment and looked jaded by the end of the campaign.

With a rest this summer and now with the boost of his contract being sorted out, however, he should look rejuvenated once again when the Premier League season begins.

No longer being asked at every opportunity whether he will sign or not, the questions are over. Focus can turn to returning to the summit of the world game again — and few would dare bet against him doing it.

Liverpool answer major question

While Liverpool described Salah's contract extension as being for the 'long term', it is understood that the deal runs until the summer of 2025 — three years from now.

That would take Salah to the age of 33; still younger than Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema are now, for instance. Liverpool may not have wanted to commit for longer than that on the wages he is on, and so talk of another extension will one day return.

For now, though, bask in the glory of getting the deal over the line. The time for wondering what comes beyond 2025 is not now. As Liverpool fans already are, now is the time for celebrating.

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Jurgen Klopp has “no doubt Mo Salah’s best years are still to come”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:00

Jurgen Klopp has lauded the news of Mohamed Salah‘s new three-year contract, tipping the forward to enjoy his “best years” as he enters his 30s with Liverpool.

One of the main points of contention among fans when it came to talks over a new deal for Salah was that, having turned 30 in June, he would be breaking the club’s wage salary in the latter years of his career.

But the Egyptian firmly believes that he can thrive at the top level well into his 30s, similar to the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo.

And speaking on the confirmation of Salah’s new contract – which ties him down beyond his 33rd birthday in 2025 – Klopp agreed with his leading goalscorer.

“I have no doubt Mo’s best years are still to come,” he told the club’s official website.

“And that’s saying something, because the first five seasons here have been the stuff of legend.

“Fitness-wise, he’s a machine – in the most incredible shape. He works hard on it and he gets his rewards.

“His ability and his skill level gets higher each season, and his decision-making has gone to another level also.

“He is adored by his team-mates. As coaches we know we work with someone special. And the supporters have crowned him a king. So, very cool.

“It is just great news. It makes me smile thinking about it. He stays with us for longer and it means we can achieve more together.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) and Mohamed Salah after the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) and Mohamed Salah after the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Salah’s new contract is the latest in a string of impressive deals in the early weeks of Julian Ward’s time at sporting director, having taken over from the long-serving Michael Edwards.

While Sadio Mane pushed through his exit to Bayern Munich, Ward has also secured the signings of Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay already this summer.

Though negotiations were protracted, Klopp paid tribute to the new sporting director for his role in tying down the club’s ninth-highest goalscorer of all time.

“It’s the best decision for us and best decision for him. He belongs with us I think. This is his club now,” the manager added.

“Of course it has taken a little time but that’s absolutely OK and the best things are always worth waiting for anyway.

“Mo is one of the best players in the world; it’s only normal there are things to sort when you are at his level.

“So big credit to Julian Ward and Mike Gordon for guiding us to this destination.”

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Liverpool fans relish “best summer signing” after “Oscar-worthy” Mo Salah contract twist

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:56

It’s fair to say fans were given the best Friday feeling as Mohamed Salah‘s contract extension was announced, with the No. 11 delivering the “best news of the summer.”

Salah is now the club’s highest-paid player in history after agreeing to a new three-year deal worth in excess of £350,000 a week.

It comes following months of trepidation regarding his future and the prospect of heading into the new season with question marks over what comes next.

But those fears have now been allayed with his deal that runs until 2025, all signed, sealed and delivered in the most brilliant of ways, which included Salah, his agent and the club stirring the pot.

It created plenty of excitement for Reds with the news they had longed to hear finally coming to be, and there were plenty of brilliant reactions across social media.

There could be no hiding the joy…

Great news about Salah! 3 years sounds about right, hopefully his new salary won't lead to a cascade of requests by others, and other players happy at what he's being given. But being committed to LFC = great. Also avoids circus of his final year, distractions, rumours, etc.

— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) July 1, 2022

MO SALAH, YOU LITTLE DANCER!!!

— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewittLFC) July 1, 2022

Wow. Wow wow wow.

That Salah will be in LFC’s top five scorers is now not in doubt. Sorry, Mr Liddell, he’s gunning for you. pic.twitter.com/Lxjw4FKZZK

— Andrew Beasley ? (@BassTunedToRed) July 1, 2022

This is better than any signing https://t.co/ICr5GtlVd5

— Jadine (@jel_lfc) July 1, 2022

Just the kind of news Liverpool fans want to start a weekend with! #LFC’s best player stays! https://t.co/8QtHU8wDNy

— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) July 1, 2022

MO SALAH pic.twitter.com/P3NEYDjIzw

— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) July 1, 2022

Salah new contract is best news of the summer. Best player in the world in his position. A Talisman of LFC around the world. It's a weight off his and the club's shoulders.

— Red (@TaintlessRed) July 1, 2022

Salah, Van Dijk, Klopp, Alisson and Fabinho all re-signed for the next 3 year at least. An elite spine that isn’t slowing down while refreshing players around them, ie, Mane, to keep things fresh and rejuvenated. Opportunities for youngsters to come in.

Good shape.

— Lewis Bower (@LewisBower2021) July 1, 2022

Fantastic news about @MoSalah

The best signing of the whole summer. Thank you Mo you have made Liverpool fans everywhere ecstatic! ? YNWA https://t.co/nHamy1OoBo

— Sir Kenny Dalglish (@kennethdalglish) July 1, 2022

wait how many more years, Mo? pic.twitter.com/W90cdc5pY3

— nate (@natefc) July 1, 2022

At some point Liverpool were going to have to update the wage structure to reflect the level they’re at now. If you have several of the best players in the world, you need to reward them as such, or accept the fact they won’t hang about. Salah 100% justifies this shift.

— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) July 1, 2022

And there was plenty of love for the announcement itself…

I always said that Ramy Abbas was a fantastic agent.

— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) July 1, 2022

I never knew a contract announcement could have that many Oscar-worthy character arcs

— El Mans (@el_mansfield) July 1, 2022

Some plot twist since this tweet.

Absolutely made up Salah is staying but his agent is still a whopper ? https://t.co/nz7WJBdUOE

— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) July 1, 2022

Brilliant video and brilliant set up with the “emoji fight”, fair play to all involved as they got me hook line and sinker. Great news! https://t.co/hk5Sazy667

— The Liverpool Way (@theliverpoolway) July 1, 2022

How ideal is this for him? He gets to be topless, his fave, and get a pay rise https://t.co/w2efyh0kuX

— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) July 1, 2022

We fooled them all chief ??@MoSalah @RamyCol ? ?? https://t.co/uFkWXtN0er

— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 1, 2022

Salah’s contract is a significant piece of news on the cusp of Liverpool’s return to pre-season on Monday, completely removing any distraction regarding his future beyond 2022/23.

The 30-year-old is in fine form and shows no signs of slowing down, instead, it is the complete opposite and you feel a plethora of records are now to fall in his wake for years to come.

What a day, just the news we all needed!

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Mo Salah “so excited” to link up with Darwin Nunez after new Liverpool contract

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:47

Mohamed Salah has reflected on signing a new three-year contract with Liverpool, with the Egyptian “so excited” to link up with £85 million striker Darwin Nunez.

For a long time, it seemed as though Salah would end his time with the Reds a year from now, with no progress reported in talks between the club and his agent.

But Liverpool pulled a surprise on Friday afternoon as they announced a new long-term contract for their No. 11, who has now committed until 2025 on terms upwards of £350,000 a week.

It is a significant deal for the club that comes at a time of great change at Anfield, with Sadio Mane‘s departure paving the way for the record signing of Nunez from Benfica.

Salah’s presence will be a constant during this evolution, and speaking to LFCTV on the announcement of his contract extension the 30-year-old expressed his desire to play alongside his new team-mate.

“I’m so excited, I want to play with him,” Salah said of Nunez.

“He had a good season last season and he played good against us, home and away.

“Also, Sadio is leaving. We’re going to miss him, we had good seasons with the club, so I wish him all the best.

“I wish Darwin all the best, to score many goals for us.”

With 156 goals in just 254 games, Salah stands as the ninth-highest goalscorer in Liverpool history, having leapfrogged Jack Parkinson, Sam Raybould and Harry Chambers in the campaign just gone.

He can overtake Michael Owen with another three goals, but it is clear that the Egyptian is aiming higher, with these personal accolades motivating him to stay and propel the Reds to further success.

“It’s great to see yourself at No. 9 in the highest goalscorers for the club, especially when you do it in a short time,” he continued.

“It’s something great.

“I said it many times before, the most important thing is to win trophies, but I think when you score goals and help the team to win games, that’s also what brings trophies.

“It’s something I’m proud of.”

Salah added: “Especially when you do it in a short time, as a winger, with many assists, it’s something great.”

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Jürgen Klopp: Salah's best years are still to come – he belongs here

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:29

Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah's finest years are still to come after the Egyptian committed his future to Liverpool with a new long-term contract.

Having scored 156 goals in 254 appearances since joining the Reds in the summer of 2017, Salah today penned fresh terms to ensure his incredible Anfield spell will continue further.

The 30-year-old was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year following a 2021-22 campaign in which he netted 31 times to help Liverpool lift the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup while also finishing runners-up in the Premier League and Champions League.

Klopp hailed the news of Salah’s renewal as the best decision for both club and player, outlining why he expects the No.11 to only enhance his repertoire in the seasons ahead.

“This is a special treat for our supporters to enjoy their weekend even more. I’m sure there will be some celebrations for this news tonight,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Really pleased – really, really pleased. It’s the best decision for us and best decision for him. He belongs with us I think. This is his club now.

“Of course it has taken a little time but that’s absolutely OK and the best things are always worth waiting for anyway. Mo is one of the best players in the world; it’s only normal there are things to sort when you are at his level. So big credit to Julian Ward and Mike Gordon for guiding us to this destination.

“I have no doubt Mo’s best years are still to come. And that’s saying something, because the first five seasons here have been the stuff of legend.

“Fitness-wise, he’s a machine – in the most incredible shape. He works hard on it and he gets his rewards. His ability and his skill level gets higher each season, and his decision-making has gone to another level also.

“He is adored by his teammates. As coaches we know we work with someone special. And the supporters have crowned him a king. So, very cool.

“It is just great news. It makes me smile thinking about it. He stays with us for longer and it means we can achieve more together.”

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