Mohamed Salah just got Liverpool’s latest contract prompt as Thiago hints show he already knows
Mohamed Salah never wanted to leave Liverpool. He has repeated this message many times over the past few months, and repeated it, so to speak, last night.
Liverpool fans have been asking Salah for two things over the past few weeks: first, to end his goal of ‘drought’ open play, and second, to sign a new contract that will tie him to Anfield beyond 2023.
Against Manchester United, he achieved the first of these things twice, his first goal coming after a rather incredible movement from Liverpool, played by a sumptuous pass from Sadio Mané.
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At the full-time whistle, it was Salah and Thiago Alcântara among those in charge of the media, with the pair speaking to television after two impressive individual performances.
As Thiago tried to give a serious answer, Salah cheekily stepped in to correct him (insisting he was a winger, and definitely not a striker!) with a huge smile plastered on his face.
“Thiago was the only one the fans were singing for today!” he later joked, then added: “You’ve never played Everton here – you’re waiting for the next one. It’s going to be a lot more fun than that!”
Between the earnest responses to Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison, the smiles and jokes kept coming back.
For Salah, his brace is far from the only thing he has to smile about right now. He was instrumental in helping Liverpool reach the FA Cup final at the weekend, scored two against Manchester United in a 4-0 rout and went on to put his side in a position to win three more trophies this season to complete the quadruple.
Salah’s two goals and an assist against a desperately poor Manchester United side is not the highlight of his incredible season, but his smiles during the game and inside the main stand afterwards as he finished his interviews and returned to the locker room at home were talking. volumes.
Salah knows there is no better place for him to play this season. He was a man who had just had another special night – and the best thing is that there are even more just around the corner.
His hunger to achieve even more was also on display, as he remarked that he had missed his last chance of the night – never happy and satisfied with what he had done. But it’s still been a season for him, and it could still improve significantly.
There is still work to be done before Salah gets the extension at Liverpool he needs to further cement his legacy and continue scoring goals for fun and collecting silverware. The only thing that could be a bigger boost than Salah finding his goalscoring boots for the break-in would be him announcing his intention to sign a new contract.
But his smiling face and jovial mood with Thiago was another example of why there can surely only be one outcome on that front. For both club and player, there has only ever been one sensible contract solution.
Salah was offered another recall at Anfield on Tuesday night. His smiling face at the end suggests he already knows.