A former Premier League star has defended Liverpool's decision to give Mohamed Salah a reported £350,000 a week for his new deal.
The Egypt international signed a new long-term deal on Friday, which reportedly makes him the highest-paid player at Anfield.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Darrent Bent feels the Reds need to pay the big money if they want to keep competing with Manchester City.
“Yes, he’s now on £350,000-a-week, but if you want to keep competing with the likes of Man City you have to pay a premium to keep these players. Virgil van Dijk could be next, he’s up there,” Bent said, as per talkSPORT..
“They’ve brought in Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez, but you still don’t know how they’re going to progress over the next few years. The new signings will have to earn the right to get up to that level.”
Bent has also backed the Egyptian forward to score 20 goals in the Premier League this season.
“Next season he will score over 20 league goals again. He’s won the Golden Boot three times, he’s broken the record for goals in a Premier League season, the records just keep tumbling for the guy,” added Bent.
“Look at Salah’s numbers – they’re ridiculous. He got 32 goals in his first season, then 22 the next, then 19, 22 again, and he got 23 last season – and that’s just the Premier League, by the way!
“What are you supposed to do with those numbers? Phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal.”
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