Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott has revealed he is desperate for Mohamed Salah to sign a new contract and said he has ‘been begging him’ to sign an extension.
Salah’s future has been discussed at length in recent months with the 29-year-old yet to agree to a new deal with the Reds . When asked about the contract negotiations recently, Jurgen Klopp said that Liverpool ‘cannot do much more’ except wait for the forward’s final decision.
The forward has been in fine form for Liverpool this season, scoring 31 times in 51 appearances in all competitions. The ECHO understands negotiations are ongoing between the forward’s representatives and the club, with Salah about to enter the final 12 months of his current deal that was signed in 2018.
The Reds are keen to reward the Egyptian for his continued outstanding contribution since arriving from A.S. Roma for £43.9million in the summer of 2017. Liverpool have extended the contracts of several players over the last year, including Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Salah did admit in the build-up to last week’s Champions League final against Real Madrid that, whatever happens, he will be a Liverpool player next season.
And for Elliott, 19, he is extremely keen to keep learning from Salah as he has done since joining the Reds from Fulham in 2019.
“I’ve been begging him to sign every single day,” he told This is Anfield. “And I think the fans have as well. He’s been a great asset to this club, he’s got us to so many finals by scoring winning goals, important goals. He’s a great person to learn off and I’ve tried to get really close to him for the small details so I can be up there with him one day. It’s going to be very hard, to say the least, he’s a great player and very willing to help me out if it’s needed, to be able to share the right wing with him and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] as well is two players I’ve dreamed of playing with.”
Elliott made 13 appearances across all competitions this season for the Reds and made the squad for Saturday’s Champions League final defeat to Los Blancos. Now 19, and with Liverpool’s experienced midfielders of Thiago Alcantara, James Milner, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson all either in, or heading into their 30s, the former Fulham youngster will hope to have a more pivotal role next season as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to challenge on all fronts yet again.