Mohamed Salah Signs New Long-Term Contract at LiverpoolJuly 2, 2018
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:
Paul Joyce of the Times reported some of the details of the new deal:
"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."
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:
Journalist Joel Rabinowitz thinks this deal is the savviest piece of business the Reds will do in the window:
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:
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.