Jamie Carragher warned Liverpool owners that they would never be forgiven if they allowed club legend Mohamed Salah to leave the club.
The Egyptian representative Salah, whose current treaty in Liverpool is valid until the summer of 2023, has constantly expressed his desire to remain at Anfield amid ongoing talks on a new treaty.
In a recent interview with GQ During talks with Liverpool, Salah said he “did not ask for the crazy things” that Reds chief Jurgen Klopp said were “in the right place.”
Salah, who is out of service with the African Cup with Senegal, was missing because Liverpool failed to beat the 10-member Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinals on Thursday.
It was a speech that Carragher felt heightened their importance to Liverpool, as well as the need to urgently address Salah’s future.
“The two players [Salah and Mane] “They’re obviously a big girl, and this talk about the Salah Treaty is probably going to intensify, because when he’s not there, you can see the effect,” Carragher said. Sky Sports after Arsenal’s draw 0-0 at Anfield.
“As a Liverpool fan, you should be careful [Salah’s contract situation] is dragging. Other big Liverpool players have signed contracts in the last three or four months, the goalkeeper [Alisson Becker], Trent [Alexander-Arnold], Virgil van Dijk, huge figures in this team.
“Salah wants to be paid as well as any top player in the Premier League or World Cup, and why shouldn’t he? He deserves it, we’re talking about one of the best players in the world.”
“The problem and the point of view from which Liverpool can look at this is where would Salah go? The Spanish giants.” [Real Madrid and Barcelona] They are now really out of the equation due to the financial problems they have. Would Salah leave and destroy his legacy by going to Manchester City or Manchester United? Probably not, so that’s probably Liverpool’s argument.
“I would like this agreement to be concluded as soon as possible. You cannot forget the price at which Liverpool signed Salaha. It was not as if they went and spent £ 100 million, they did what they were great at and they did a great deal.” The money they had already invested in him – the transfer fee and wages – were sketchy.
“This is not a case where players give exactly what they want, but to Liverpool Football Club and the owners, I don’t think they would be forgiven if Salah left the club in the summer or in 18 months.
“It’s a legend of Liverpool, one of the greatest players the club has ever had, and it needs to be addressed sooner.”
“Big drop without Salah & Mane”
Liverpool got a numerical advantage at 71 minutes when Granit Xhaka got his second red card of the season – and fifth since arriving at Arsenal – but below-average Reds failed to take the initiative in the first game and Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was forced to save only one.
“There is no team that does not lack Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Naby Keita,” Klopp admitted after the stalemate. “Could we have been better prepared? I don’t think so. That’s the situation.”
Carragher reiterated Klopp’s assessment, saying that a drastic loss without Salah and Mane would give Liverpool’s upcoming rivals room for optimism.
“It’s a matter of Liverpool, it has a great 13 or 14 players they can really count on,” Carragher said.
“It’s great not only their abilities and the fact that they’ve never been hurt in Salah and Mane. They play every game.”
“With Brentford over the weekend, retaliation and a Premier League match at the Palace, the opposition will look to Liverpool without Salah and Mane and think it is a big drop.”
Sky Sports scientist Paul Merson added: “The biggest concern tonight if I’m a Liverpool fan? Salah and Mane. If they play tonight, it’s a different story.”
“You can take two Manchester City players, it really doesn’t matter. Take two from Chelsea, you really don’t. Take two from Liverpool, it’s completely different.”
Arteta greets the “brotherhood” of Arsenal
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praised his team’s defensive efforts in a goalless draw against Liverpool in the first semi-final of their Carabao Cup – but fears it could call into question Sunday’s derby in North London.
With Xhaka now suspended, Cedric Soares and Bukayo Saka questioning injuries after limping, four other players injured or leaving with Covid and four in the African Cup of Nations, Arteta may be without 11 players on the way to Tottenham – live Sky Sports.
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“I’m really proud of what the boys did today, in a tough stadium against a great opponent and playing 70 minutes with 10 men,” he said. “It was about the fight, the spirit and the commitment and the quality to play the game.
“When you come to a stadium like this, you have to choose players who are happy to go to war because you have to fight, you will experience difficult times when you will suffer. You are willing to accept that you are not going.” play the game you want.
“When you play with this spirit and fight and fraternity around the team, you get a reward, and I think it happened.”
But on how domino effects can affect this weekend’s Premier League match, Arteta added: “I don’t know. It’s a possibility in every match, on our part, on the opponent’s side, due to a lot of problems.” everyone has and because it happens every week.
“We try to prepare games by playing them. If something happens along the way, that’s right.”