The Reds are staring down the barrel of a contractual nightmare as all three of their famous attacking trio in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are close to the expiry of their contracts
Liverpool’s recent illustrious period has been down in large part to their remarkable attacking prowess.
The front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have often been a thorn in the side of defences across Europe as Jurgen Klopp’s men established themselves as one of the best teams on the continent.
However, the aforementioned trio are now causing the Reds boss quite the headache as all three are approaching the final year of their respective contracts.
All three players boast deals that expire in the summer of 2023, meaning next summer Liverpool are in the particularly difficult position of trying to fend off interest from other clubs who know full well the stars could walk for free the following year.
This will inevitably drastically reduce Liverpool’s power when it comes to negotiations both with the players themselves, or any other club should the Reds look to cash in on any of the three.
A nightmare scenario to be faced with from the Anfield hierarchy’s perspective, but it begs the question why it hasn’t been resolved already?
By allowing all three attackers to reach the final two years of their deals at Liverpool, the club have inadvertently conceded power when it comes to determining where their future lies.
Salah’s stunning start to the season has sparked discussion over his future, with just about every European ‘super-club’ willing to take the Egyptian off Liverpool’s hands should he wish to call time on his Reds career.
Just about every member of the Anfield faithful has called for club owners FSG to pay the 29-year-old whatever he wants, but talks seem to be moving very slowly – if indeed they are happening at all.
That’s not to suggest Liverpool aren’t fighting tooth and nail to keep Salah, but comments made by the former Chelsea man himself seem to suggest he is open to a move away.
Having previously described Spanish duo Barcelona and Real Madrid as “two great clubs”, Salah was then asked by Marca earlier this year if he would like to test himself in La Liga, to which he said: “I hope to be able to play for many more years. Why not?
“No one knows what’s going to happen in the future, so… maybe one day, yes.”
Hardly the sentiments of someone who wants to shut down any speculation over his future, Salah’s remarks have only added further fuel to the fire.
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While Mane and Firmino have been significantly quieter than their teammate, their situation is eerily similar.
Neither Mane nor Firmino generate quite the same level of headlines or fanfare as Salah, but the absence of both would be sorely felt by Liverpool if they were to ply their trade elsewhere.
The longer those players are not tied down to new deals, interest is inevitably going to grow, and the situation will only become more uncomfortable for their manager.