Mohamed Salah can finally replace Lionel Messi as FSG and Liverpool ready to make history


Mohamed Salah

After winning the Reach Fan Footballer of the Year award for the second year in a row, Mohamed Salah looks certain to win more awards in 2022 and beyond. It's up to Liverpool to make sure he remains a Reds player when he does

Mohamed Salah wins the award. In other news, the water is wet and the sky is blue.

Since joining Liverpool from AS Roma in the summer of 2017, it feels like the Egyptian is breaking records and winning awards almost every week.

As long as it is a surprise when he goes through a match day without adding to his goal tally and is unable to break his last record or claim the last prize as a result.

But fear not, after such a weekend where Salah remained silent against Tottenham as the Reds were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw, we have come to bring us all back to normal with the latest Reach winner. Fans' Footballer of the Year Award.

Having raised the inaugural prize in 2020, it may come as no surprise that it was indeed the King of Egypt that supporters once again crowned their champion for 2021.

He may not have been able to add a second Champions League or Premier League winner's medal to his collection this year, but the 29-year-old is one of the best around and continues to prove it every week.

Almost 140,000 supporters from across the country voted for this year's awards as Salah came out on top, finishing comfortably ahead of Jorginho, proving at the very least that our readers have a better eye than those involved in the Balloon. Or, where an unflattering seventh place will only motivate him more.

While Salah's squad honors to date may be slightly limited for a player of his talent, with two Swiss Super League titles the only money he can boast of alongside his four winning medals at Anfield, it's a different story individually.

One glance at his Wikipedia page (I know, I know) and the number of accolades listed is, frankly, staggering.

Various awards for Player of the Season and Footballer of the Year, Player of the Month, Goal of the Month, Goal of the Season, Golden Boots, Team of the Tournament, Team of the Season, Player of the Decade, Team of the Decade , the Puskas Prize - the list goes on and on.

And that doesn't include all those records for most goals in a season, most Champions League goals, most consecutive games scored or the fastest player to reach 100 goals.

With 22 goals to his name already this season, it is inevitable that records will continue to be broken in 2022. And with Liverpool defying national and European silverware and Egypt participating in the Africa Cup of Nations and potentially in World Cup too, honors, both individually and collectively, are expected to continue to accumulate in the new year as well.

In his current form, you could even say he's the top favorite to win next year's Ballon d'Or and usurp Lionel Messi as the world's greatest once and for all.

So why haven't Liverpool tied him to a new contract yet?

Barcelona were set to go all the way into bankruptcy to keep the services of the legendary Argentinian after years of financial mismanagement, and while no one is suggesting the Reds should put themselves in such dire straits to keep Salah, there are players out there. as you move heaven and earth to have play for your club and the Egyptian is one of those players.

Besides, he wants to stay and Jurgen Klopp wants his deal, which expires in 2023, to be extended as well.

“I've said it a few times, if it's up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool,” Salah said in a conversation with Egyptian channel MBC Masr TV via earlier this month.

“But the decision is in the hands of management and they need to resolve this issue.

“There is no problem but we have to come to an agreement for the contract. It is to them.

“Your financial worth shows how much the club values ​​you and will do anything to keep you, but the decision itself is not based solely on these financial matters.

"There are things like the ambition of the team and the coach and what he wants to do with the team and the players he wants. These are all important points when making the decision. .

He continued: "I've read what has been said about Xavi's interest in signing me. It's something that makes me happy that a team like Barcelona are interested in me, but I'm happy to Liverpool and we'll see what happens in the future.

"At the moment, I prefer to stay in the Premier League because it is the strongest league in the world."

Meanwhile, it wasn't until this weekend that Klopp reiterated his own desires.

"We're in very good conversations," the Reds boss told Sky Sports News ahead of his team's trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

"I want that to happen, but when? I don't care. We have good conversations. That's the answer."

If Salah agrees to new terms with Liverpool, he will become the highest paid player in club history and dedicate the rest of his life as one of world football's elite to the Reds.

The best in the world, it's quite understandable why he wants to be paid accordingly. If he's not at Anfield, he'll go somewhere he is and he won't be afraid of potential suitors.

Wherever Salah plies his trade in the years to come, goals, wins and trophies are a certainty, and it will be a painful watch for Liverpool fans if, so keen to stay, he ends up delivering such returns elsewhere. .

As captain of the Pharaohs, his allegiance to his homeland will continue until one day he hangs up his boots and beyond, with his place as favorite son and greatest player of all time already secured.

Salah has the potential to achieve the same at Liverpool, but only if they agree on a new contract.

Winner of the Reach Fan Footballer of the Year award for the second year in a row, he's ending 2021 on a high and it won't be surprising to see him score a hat-trick in 12 months.

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