Robbie Fowler believes Liverpool’s ‘strong’ business model could lose them by attacking duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Both Salah and Mane are out of contract in 2023 with fans eagerly awaiting the pair to sign new deals.
Egypt international Salah’s situation has grabbed headlines, with the Merseyside club reportedly reluctant to meet the 29-year-old’s wage demands.
Give him Big Dunc’ until the end of the season, and other Mails…
He has scored 23 goals and provided nine assists in 26 appearances this season and has often expressed his desire to stay at Anfield beyond 2023.
Despite his tremendous performance and success with Liverpool since joining from Roma, Fowler believes the club’s owners will be unwilling to adjust their ‘business model‘ to accommodate Salah and Mane’s demands.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my playing and coaching career, it’s that there is no feeling in football,” Fowler wrote on his Mirror column.
Mohamed Salah v Guinea-Bissau 21/22 (AFCON)
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“It’s a ruthless business… that’s why there’s no guarantee Mo Salah and Sadio Mane will get the money many people think they deserve to sign new contracts at Liverpool.
“liverpool have a business model, and they’ve been strong enough over the years to stick to it.
“So Emre Can went on a free, Gini Wijnaldum went on a free. And you can only assume that’s because they were asking for things that didn’t fit that business model.
“Can the owners afford to give two players – or even three, if you include Roberto Firmino – exactly what they want while maintaining their salary structure? I’m not so sure.
“If they could, it surely would have happened by now. I can understand the position of both players, really. I will not compare my situation during my time at Liverpool to theirs.
“The pair have been at the top of the world game for a few years now, and Salah has even taken their form to a different level this season.
“They will feel they deserve to be paid like other players at this level – and they are right.
“In modern terms, the current board now has, in Salah and Mane, a Messi and a Ronaldo in his hands. This is hardly an exaggeration. They are up there at that level.
“You could say it was Jurgen Klopp’s coaching and management that turned them into world-class players, and I agree. I’ve heard Jamie Carragher describe Salah as a club legend, and I agree. agree with that too.