A controversial ex-Liverpool star has claimed that, amid his contract situation at Anfield, Egypt talisman Mohamed Salah will not become the Reds' highest earner because "he is African".
While the 29-year-old is on international duty concentrating on securing a spot with the Pharaohs at the 2022 FIFA World Cup later this year, his contract situation at Anfield is increasingly becoming an urgent matter.
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The forward is approaching the final year of his current deal, and his future is under the spotlight given that he is yet to agree to an extension of his stay at Anfield, despite negotiations with the Reds said to have begun last year already.
Salah, who is understood to want to become one of the highest-paid players in the game, has been in sensational form since joining the English giants in 2017, having racked up 153 goals and 57 assists in 239 matches for the club.
Senegal legend and former Reds striker El Hadji Diouf has now insisted that Salah's impact on Merseyside should earn him a massive new contract.
"It is obvious that Liverpool must accept Salah's demands," Diouf told beIN SPORTS.
"If I were Salah, I would stay at Liverpool, he can earn more money, he is the best player at the club along with [Sadio] Mane, and with him together they will win a lot of trophies.
"He is 29 years old and I ask him to play four more years with the Reds.
"A transfer to Real Madrid would mean that he would have to start all over again."
The two-time African Player of the Year also added, however, that he does not think the Egyptian will be offered a deal that will see him become Liverpool's highest-paid player because "he is African".
"Salah must realise that he is African, so they will not treat him like the Europeans, and they will not give him the best contract like the others," he continued.
"The same thing happened to me when I was at Liverpool, they were telling me not to go away with my country to play with my national team."
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