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Liverpool have decided on bigger priority than tying Salah down to new contract

Liverpool have reportedly decided a new contract for Virgil van Dijk is a bigger priority than a fresh deal for Mohamed Salah.

Both players are set to remain at Anfield until at least 2023, though Salah has often stated his desire to play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Many see his comments as a push for an improved contract, with the Egyptian currently the Reds highest earner, pocketing £200,000 per week.

Van Dijk has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world since joining Liverpool in 2018.

He is in a battle to play again this season following a knee injury suffered in October’s Merseyside derby.

Though Eurosport report Liverpool have always planned to offer the Dutchman an improved deal this season and will only begin to more seriously consider Salah’s situation once Van Dijk is signed up.

Reds legend Jamie Carragher also believes Van Dijk should be ahead of Salah when it comes to being offered a new deal.

Carragher told The Telegraph: “The more Salah keeps mentioning a new contract with two-and-a-half years to go, the more I think he or those around him must be tone deaf.

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“When the next significant deals are dished out, Alisson and Van Dijk must be first in the queue.

“The club appears to have decided Gini Wijnaldum does not merit a significant pay rise and a new contract, so a midfielder of similar profile and quality will be needed to replace him.

“I believe the club's response should have been activated on October 19, the day Virgil van Dijk's cruciate knee operation was confirmed. Hindsight is unnecessary.

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“I said then I did not think Liverpool could win the league unless they had a new centre-back in place on January 1.

“They needed one before Joe Gomez was injured. His and Joel Matip’s appearance record was informative of that.”

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