Robbie Fowler believes Mohamed Salah was ‘threatening’ Liverpool by saying he will definitely be a Reds player next season.
Salah has just a year remaining on his contract and discussions over an extension have hit an impasse, with both parties distant over their demands.
Despite that, the 29-year-old forward has said he will definitely be at Liverpool next season and quashed reports of a departure this summer. Fowler believes it is a way of telling the Anfield club that he has the power by being able to leave for free and receive a big offer elsewhere.
“What salary does a player in the top three in the world command,” Fowler wrote in the Mirror.
“He obviously believes it’s more than Liverpool are offering. But if my old club are running complex calculations, then so too is Salah – and it can never be a precise science. I think him saying no matter what happens with his contract, he’ll be at Anfield next year was clearly a threat.
“His calculation is that if he gets to leave Liverpool next summer on a free, with his salary and with a big bonus because there’s no fee, he’ll get that level of wages. That can work, often does.”