Jamie Carragher has warned Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, that they “won’t be forgiven” if Mo Salah is allowed to depart.
Salah remains locked in negotiations with the Anfield hierarchy about extending his current contract.
The winger, who has plundered a staggering 23 goals in just 26 games this season, has entered the final 18 months of his current Reds deal.
‘Needs to be sorted sooner rather than later’
Salah - currently away at the African Cup of Nations with Egypt - said in a recent interview that he’s not asking for anything “crazy” to remain on Merseyside.
Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports after Liverpool’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, believes Salah deserves terms worthy of one of the world’s best players.
But he believes discussions could be at a standstill because there’s no other attractive destination for the former AS Roma forward - with potential moves to Manchester United and Manchester City ruled out.
Anfield legend Carragher said: “You should be wary as a Liverpool supporter that this is dragging on.
“There are other players at Liverpool who’ve signed contracts in the last three or four months. You think of the goalkeeper[Alisson Becker], Trent [Alexander-Arnold], Virgil van Dijk - huge figures in this team
“Salah wants to be paid as well as any player in the Premier League and world football - why shouldn’t he?
“He deserves that with the performance he gives, we’re talking about one of the best players in the world.
“The problem where Liverpool are probably looking at it and think: ‘Where does Salah go?’
“Spain is probably out of the equation given the problem they’re having financially.
“Would he leave and ruin his Liverpool legacy by going to Manchester City or Manchester United? Probably not. That might be Liverpool’s bargaining chip.
“But, for me, I would want this done as quickly as possible. That’s not a case of giving a player what he wants.
“But you can’t also forget the price they got Salah for. It’s not like they paid £100 million for Mo Salah, they did a brilliant deal which is what Liverpool is great at.
“The actual money they’ve invested in terms of wages and transfer fee, it’s been a snip compared to what Liverpool have had.
“It’s not a case of giving him what he wants but I don’t think Liverpool Football Club or the owners would be forgiven if Mo Salah left this club in the summer or in 18 months’ time.
“He’s a Liverpool legend and it needs to be sorted sooner rather than later.”