Robbie Fowler believes Mohamed Salah was ‘threatening’ Liverpool by saying he would definitely be a Reds player next season.
Salah has just one year left on his contract and talks over an extension are at an impasse with both sides falling short of their demands.
Despite this, the 29-year-old striker has said he will definitely be at Liverpool next season and has quashed reports of a summer departure. Fowler thinks it’s a way of telling the club at Anfield that they have 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 thinks it’s more than what Liverpool offer. But if my old club performs complex calculations, so does Salah – and that can never be a precise science. I think the fact that he says it doesn’t matter what is happening with his contract, he will be at Anfield next year was clearly a threat.
“His calculation is that if he manages to leave Liverpool next summer for free, with his salary and with a big bonus because there is no fee, he will get that level of salary. It can work, that’s often the case.