Liverpool should avoid Arsenal contract mistakes as Jurgen Klopp aims to learn from error

Liverpool and Mohamed Salah appear to be on the same page amid contract discussions, but Jurgen Klopp and co must ensure they do not make the same mistake as Arsenal

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  • 04:37, 14 Jan 2022
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Mohamed Salah is happy, Jurgen Klopp is happy, and if contract negotiations are as rosy as they appear, Liverpool will be very happy.

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Salah may be away with Egypt for the African Cup of Nations, but he is still the name on everybody’s lips.

His presence, his quality, and his leadership transcend the thousands of miles between Merseyside and Cameroon, where this year’s AFCON tournament is being held.

That is why every Liverpool fan, player, and coaching staff will be praying to the footballing gods that the Egyptian King will extend his reign at Anfield.

And the positive situation with negotiations that Liverpool currently find themselves in will act as a clear sign that the Reds have not only learned from their own mistakes with Georginio Wijnaldum’s predicament, but also those made by Arsenal.

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Jurgen Klopp also stated contract negotiations with Salah were going well
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The Dutchman was a vital part of Klopp’s midfield, quickly transitioning the play between defence to attack, while also protecting the spaces vacated by Andrew Robertson.

While his goalscoring and assist records were humble, Klopp’s reliance and trust in the now Paris Saint-Germain star were clear for all to see.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, Wijnaldum departed the club for nothing, as his contract ran out without an extension.

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Had the respective parties’ clarified their desires and futures ambitions much earlier, Wijnaldum would have either put pen to paper on a new deal or departed the club for a transfer fee.

At 31, Wijnaldum was entering his twilight years where big money contracts from the likes of PSG were about as few and far between as shooting stars.

And they could become even harder to find for the former Newcastle United star who has only started ten league matches all season for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Wijnaldum departed the club for nothing, after he let his contract run down at the club
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However, the handling of Salah’s situation seems to be light years away from the hole they dug themselves with Wijnaldum.

Salah still has 18 months left on his deal at Anfield, meaning if the worst was to happen and the Egyptian decided to seek pastures new, Liverpool would be able to command a sizeable fee, and would have enough time to reinvest in their squad.

If the Egyptian is to demand a uniquely gargantuan salary at the club, Salah’s down to earth nature and brilliance on the pitch, suggests there will not be any Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shaped issues at the club.

Salah emphasised his desire to stay at Liverpool
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“I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands,” Salah said to GQ this week.

“It’s in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff.

“I’ve been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me.

“The administration [know] the situation. It’s in their hands.”

Salah's first match at the Africa Cup of Nations ended in a 1-0 loss to Nigeria
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Salah’s displays on the pitch are further testament to his physical fitness, his recovery, his conditioning, and his drive to succeed.

The same cannot be said of Aubameyang, since he put pen to paper on his lucrative new contract in the summer of 2020.

Penning the Gabonese to a new deal was heralded as a statement for intent by an Arsenal side that has repeatedly seen their best players depart for their title rivals over the years.

Unfortunately, the new deal has proven to be disastrous, amid Aubameyang’s recent jettisoning and dramatic fallout with Mikel Arteta.

Aubameyang was a magnificent striker for the Gunners before his new deal, but Salah has arguably been the best player in world football since the season began.

Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina appears to be the man Arsenal want to fill the void departed by the former Borussia Dortmund hitman.

But there are very few players in world football who can deliver the gold and the silverware in the way Salah does.

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