Mohamed Salah: New Liverpool deal likely to happen - Michael Owen
Mohamed Salah's options would be going "sideways to Manchester City or down anywhere else" if he left Liverpool, says ex-Reds striker Michael Owen.
The 29-year-old Egypt forward's deal runs out in summer 2023.
He has previously said he wanted to stay but his future is in Liverpool's hands while Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has said a new deal "is Mo's decision".
"I'd be very surprised if Mo Salah didn't sign with Liverpool. What are the options at the moment?" Owen said.
"You are only going either sideways to Manchester City or down anywhere else because there is no-one else as good as these two teams in the world at the moment.
"Let's give everyone time because these things don't happen overnight.
"You are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world and one of the biggest players in the world and that player is about to sign the biggest contract of his life.
"I think it's entirely normal that negotiations can drag on a little bit," Owen told BBC Sport.
'You can't give players what they want'
Salah joined Liverpool from Italian club Roma in summer 2017 and has scored 153 goals in 239 appearances.
He has helped the club win the Premier League, Champions League, League Cup, Fifa Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup during his time at Anfield.
Owen, who scored 40 goals for England, started his career at Liverpool before spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City.
Speaking at the launch of IPL Soccer - a new tournament to help British Asians showcase their talents - he believes Liverpool should not break their wage structure to keep Salah.
"You can't give players what they want. The whole game would be a disaster if that was the case," he said.
"Liverpool have got to run it as a business. They can't, of course, give any player what they want because if you do then there are lots of other players in the squad that could be knocking on Jurgen Klopp's door saying, 'well, hang on a minute, if he's on this then I should be on that'. Then the whole structure they've built so well over the years would fall apart.
"I'm sure Liverpool are very sensible, I'm sure Mo Salah and his representatives are all very sensible and understand that. It's just a case of them finding the middle ground and, hopefully, everybody will find that quite soon.
"Mo Salah has got to be thinking about the chances of success in the future - if he's thinking along those lines then Liverpool ticks that box. It's just a question of whether they tick the box financially as well."
The IPL Soccer tournament will take place at Derby County's Pride Park stadium on 8 May and feature four teams from London, Derby, Birmingham City and Leicester City, with British Asian players selected through regional trials and networks.
A former Premier League player will be part of each team, with former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, ex-Liverpool and Leicester City striker Emile Heskey, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie and ex-Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor all involved.
Scouts from a number of professional clubs are also being invited to the tournament.
There are plans to expand the event in 2023 and include a women's tournament.
NO GO MO Liverpool will make announcement over Mohamed Salah’s future ‘soon’ believes Michael Owen who is confident Egyptian star will sign new contract
Michael Owen is confident Mohamed Salah will stay at Liverpool and the club will announce a new contract for the Egyptian star ‘soon’.
Salah is currently having one of the best seasons of his career and is leading the race for the Premier League golden boot, but is out of contract at Anfield next summer.
It means the on-fire winger, who has 27 goals and ten assists in 33 games in all competitions this season, would be free to talk to foreign clubs in less than 12 months’ time.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is relaxed on the matter and has frequently told supporters not to worry about the lack of updates on a new deal for their superstar.
And Owen – who played 297 times for Liverpool scoring 158 goals – is also confident that Salah will stay.
Why? Because the former Reds and Real Madrid striker insists, with Spanish top flight not what it was, there aren’t many better options than staying at Anfield where he can compete for the biggest trophies.
“I would be surprised, I must admit, if Mohamed Salah left,” Owen told the Liverpool Echo.
“Why wouldn’t he stay? He’ll be getting a great offer.