Liverpool have a clear candidate to continue FSG contract evolution and avoid Jadon Sancho issue

 

As Mohamed Salah’s new deal causes FSG’s wage structure to evolve, there is a clear candidate as to who should get the next lucrative contract offer

 

Liverpool’s new deal for Mohamed Salah has forced FSG to evolve in a football world that is constantly changing.

 

While consistent performances at the highest level have seen some players rewarded with lucrative contracts, the trend in today’s game seems to be to break records rather than match what has set yesterday’s precedent.

At the summit of the Premier League’s earning mountain, Cristiano Ronaldo stands tall with his £510,000-per-week salary at Old Trafford.

 

He is closely followed by teammates David de Gea (£375,000-per-week) and Jadon Sancho (£350,000-per-week), as revealed by Spotrac.

 

And while De Gea’s heroics on a number of occasions may see him worthy of his contract increase, Sancho’s three goals scored last season highlight a problem FSG must avoid.

 

The decision to alter the wage structure to secure Salah has ensured that Liverpool will maintain their key talisman on the forward line, and while this will now set a new standard that player’s agents will look to compare their clients to, the Reds must save these contract types for exceptional circumstances.

 

The next time the Reds could face a similar dilemma is in two seasons from now, when 2025 approaches. By that summer, Virgil van Dijk will be out of contract on Merseyside, a situation that the Reds must avoid at all costs. Having turned 31 years old on Friday, the Netherlands international is now entering his prime years as a centre-back.

 

His presence in the backline has been transformative in the Jürgen Klopp era, helping sustain a Liverpool defence that was renowned for inconsistency.

 

Of course, he will be edging towards the latter stages of his career by 2025, but as recent times have shown, the length of time that a centre-back can play at the top level has increased.

 

Giorgio Chiellini led Italy to the European Championships while one month away from age 37, while Thiago Silva’s impressive performances since joining Chelsea earned him an extension.

For Virgil van Dijk, who is one of the most physical defenders in the world, it would be unsurprising to see him continue his professional career for another decade. Improvements in sports science have assisted footballers in expanding the length of their careers if they take the right steps.

 

Outside of misfortune with injuries, there is no reason to think Van Dijk could not eventually become one of the record appearance holders at the club. In many ways, it would be harsh to consider his influence on the pitch less than Salah’s — a factor that makes the former Southampton star also worthy of a significant pay rise.

 

With Salah now earning the most in the Liverpool team by £130,000, ahead of Thiago Alcântara in second position, he now has a salary that matches his contributions on the pitch. It is a move which shows FSG are prepared to fully get behind Klopp for the rest of his tenure at Anfield, and a display of faith in the Egypt international that should see his standards maintained.

 

Similar faith has been shown towards the Reds’ current midfield options. Having replaced the loss of Sadio Mané with Darwin Núñez, FSG are reported to be prepared to trust current options, delaying a move for Jude Bellingham amid speculation of a £103m pricetag.

 

When the time comes, Liverpool’s owners should be ready to secure van Dijk, who will be attracting interest from Europe’s elite as he nears eight years on Merseyside in 2025 — and he would have a strong case to request that he is offered terms on a salary close to the Reds’ top earner.

 

 

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