Mohamed Salah Signs New Long-Term Contract at Liverpool

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10:  Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates scoring the first goal during the Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images,)
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Liverpool confirmed on Monday that star forward Mohamed Salah has agreed a new long-term contract with the club.

The Reds posted the following on their Twitter account:

Liverpool FC @LFC

😁 https://t.co/rOomo5etrN https://t.co/74X1J2acTl

Paul Joyce of the Times reported some of the details of the new deal:

paul joyce @_pauljoyce

Liverpool announce Mo Salah has signed new 5year deal. No release clause

"I think this news can be seen for what it is; rewarding a person who performed and contributed greatly for the team and the club last season," said manager Jurgen Klopp, per the club's official website. "It demonstrates two things very clearly also—his belief in Liverpool and our belief in him."

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) talks with Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah as he attends a training session and media day at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on May 21, 2018, ahead of their UEFA Champions League f
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The Egypt international enjoyed a breathtaking first season at Anfield, scoring 44 goals in 52 appearances and helping the team to the UEFA Champions League final.

Salah ended the season by finishing just three goals short of the club's all-time record for a campaign—Ian Rush's haul of 47—although he did surpass Roger Hunt's mark of 42.

After his incredible year, Salah was recognised with plenty of individual awards, including the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year gongs.

According to David Maddock of the Daily Mirror, the reward for his season is a new salary of £10 million-a-year:

David Maddock @MaddockMirror

MO Salah has agreed a new £10m a year contract that will keep him at Anfield until 2023. There is NO release clause in the contract which will take him beyond his 30th birthday

Journalist Joel Rabinowitz thinks this deal is the savviest piece of business the Reds will do in the window:

Joel Rabinowitz @joel_archie

Salah signing a new 5 year deal with no release clause is bigger than any signing the club could make this summer. Absolutely incredible news. #LFC

After signing from Roma a year ago, Salah was always expected to be an exciting addition to the Premier League, although few anticipated he would be such a success.

He excelled playing on the right side of Liverpool's front three, with his close control and searing speed giving defenders countless problems. In 2017-18, the 26-year-old also discovered a composure in front of goal that made him a force to be reckoned with.

Salah could've finished the season with a lot more goals:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Mohamed Salah: Has now missed 21 clear-cut goalscoring opportunities in the Premier League this season, more than any other player. Imagine how many more goals he could have scored... https://t.co/0tsgC2FVoO

The forward's season ended in disappointing fashion, as he was pulled out of the Champions League final in the first half with a shoulder injury and Liverpool went on to lose 3-1 to Real Madrid

It's a problem that hampered Salah's preparations for the FIFA World Cup, and while he was still able to net twice, it was clear the forward wasn't fit as Egypt lost every game they played.

Next season, defenders will be a lot more wary of the threat Salah poses, and as such, it may be more difficult for the Liverpool man to have quite as big an impact. However, the attributes he has will still trouble opponents, and those who frequent Anfield will be delighted they get to see his talents for many more years to come.