The Merseyside giants will prioritize a new deal for defender Virgil van Dijk over a renewed deal for Mohamed Salah, despite the vastly different attitudes and attention to the duo’s future.
This news comes in the week that Egypt international doubled down on his non-committal comments regarding a future at Anfield, with the forward’s controversial interview with a branch of Spain outlet followed by another rendition of “it’s in the club’s hands” to Norwegian outlet this week.
Dean Jones claims that Mohamed’s mixed comments are being seen by the club as an effort to push for an improved deal. It’s added that Virgil is expected to be tied down to a new contract by the summer, which has always been the plan from Liverpool, with this matter set to be ‘revisited in the coming weeks’.
Eurosport report that van Dijk is ‘certain’ to be handed terms worth more than the basic £200,000-a-week that the 28-year-old winger earns, leaving the defender in line to be the Merseyside club’s new highest earner.
It’s added that the Reds will not be ‘pressured’ into handing the Egyptian forward a new deal and with the winger tied down until the summer of 2023 that looks like the smart stance to take.
The Dutch defender is currently recovering from a long-term knee injury, whilst some may question the decision to work on a new contract for the centre-back with this in mind, it could be a shrewd move by Liverpool.
Sorting the defender out before he returns to action, or in the early stages of such, may take some pressure and a huge weight off of the 29-year-old centre-back’s shoulders.