PSG may have just helped Liverpool in Mohamed Salah contract talks

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“Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honor. Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, ​​to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more. ”

The famous, well documented advice from Jurgen Klopp to Philippe Coutinho back in 2017, prior to the Brazilian’s big-money move to Barcelona.

Could those same words ring true when applied to Mohamed Salah?

The Egyptian King is yet to agree terms on a new deal at Liverpool, with his current contract expiring in 2023.

Recent reports claim Salah turned down the club’s most recent offer and discussions have not been held since December, although it is also suggested his first preference is to remain on Merseyside.

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The longer negotiations drag on, the more transfer links and rumors will circulate.

Fresh gossip this weekend suggests Salah would be willing to listen to offers from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus or Real Madrid, should an agreement not be reached before the expiration of his contract.

Reports also claim the Ligue 1 outfit could turn to the 29-year-old should they lose Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer in the summer.

But as far too many former Liverpool players have learned in the past, the grass is not always greener elsewhere.

The possibility of moving to PSG, especially in the current climate, would certainly be a risky.

Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum has endured a difficult season so far in the French capital following his move last summer.

Reports this week from L’Equipe suggest PSG are already looking to part ways with the ex-Liverpool midfielder and that the “acknowledgment of failure is shared” by both the club and the player.

This follows PSG’s dramatic exit from the Champions League on Wednesday night after Real Madrid came from behind to progress to the quarter-final stage.

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Disquiet is certainly growing and fans voiced their frustrations with the squad when they returned to domestic action this weekend with a 3-0 win over Bordeaux.

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According to @GFFN on Twitter, the PSG stars were “treated like opposition players” by their own supporters with boos, whistles and ironic cheers from the crowd throughout the 90 minutes on Sunday.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is a man under pressure, too.

He admitted after today’s game that the “the disappointment of our supporters” was understandable given the “really sad situation”.

There are some things money can not buy in football and a club as united as Liverpool have been in recent years can be hard to come by.

It’s a sentiment Salah himself likely recognizes, as he’s stated in previous interviews: “If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can not say much about that – it’s not in my hands . ”

Liverpool boss Klopp admitted earlier this week that “Mo definitely expects this club to be ambitious”.

There is nothing wrong with that demand.

But wouldn’t staying in a settled, succesful side be the best way of realizing any dreams of more silverware and glory?

Liverpool are still fighting on all fronts this term, having already picked up the Carabao Cup with more trophy chances potentially on the horizon.

Luis Diaz was signed in January to bolster the attack and aid the cause all the way to May.

The Anfield hierarchy could well argue that signing Diaz was exactly the kind of signal Salah seemsingly wants.

As the Egyptian said himself back in December: “There are things like the ambition of the team and the coach and what he wants to do with the team and the players he wants. These are all important points when making the decision.”

Of course, the responsibility still lies with Liverpool, as much as it does the player and his representatives, to strike a deal that satisfies both parties.

Salah has been exceptional every season he’s played for the Reds and he’s certainly in the discussion of the greatest stars to ever wear the shirt.

But as Klopp highlighted only a matter of years ago, go somewhere else and you may be ‘just another player’.

Events unfolding at PSG right now – and the stark contrast to all the possibilities at Liverpool – only strengthen that case.

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