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Mohamed Salah is the next test of FSG summer plan at Liverpool – Liverpool Echo

With his own name ringing in his ears from the Liverpool fans in the corner of Carrow Road, Mohamed Salah steadied himself and made Premier League history.

The Reds fans in attendance had just started a Salah ditty when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box from a half-cleared corner.

A control was followed by a shot and Tim Krul was beaten, Liverpool were 3-0 up and Salah became the first player to score in five successive opening weekends of a league campaign.

Not content with goals against Watford, West Ham, Norwich and Leeds, the Egypt captain added the Canaries to his list for the second time to set a new record in English football’s top flight.

“Mo is Mo and when the competition starts he goes into the next gear because he is a proper competitive boy and that is good to have him,” was Klopp’s summary of his No.11.

Salah’s attempts to become Liverpool’s top scorer for a fifth season is up and running. And in some style too.

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The man known to fans as the ‘Egyptian King’ was in fine form in Norfolk as he laid on a couple of assists for Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino before dispatching the goal of the game for himself with around 15 minutes left to play.

After registering 31 last time out, Salah is ready to go again, and if Liverpool are to wrestle back this Premier League title from Manchester City, it will be powered by his goals.

Speaking of which, the former Chelsea man now has 126 of them in Liverpool red, a figure that places him just outside the top 10 in Anfield history.

Another four more to his total and he will join Sam Raybould in 10th and he will most certainly have designs on closing the gap significantly on the likes of Harry Chambers (151) and Michael Owen (158) in the pantheon of all-time great goalscorers of Anfield.

Salah is now just two away from joining the Premier League’s 100-club alongside legendary figures like Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard at Anfield, too.

These are the types of players Salah will come to be associated with when his time at the club is at an end.

And when that fateful day is exactly must surely now sit at the top of the priority list for Michael Edwards and Klopp.

Liverpool have made little secret of their desire to tie down their biggest and brightest stars to longer-term contracts across the course of the summer.

After initially adding squad players like Harvey Elliott, Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher to new deals, the profile of employee took a significant step up over the last couple of weeks as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Alisson Becker signed fresh terms.

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Add in Virgil van Dijk to that mix and it is clear that Klopp is desperate to keep together the core of a squad that has won both the Premier League and Champions League in the last two years.

Next up simply has to be Salah then.

His agent’s perhaps less-than-coy tweet as the ball ruffled the back of the Norwich net on Saturday suggested he hoped the club’s decision-makers had their eyes clapped on events at Carrow Road at the time.

“I hope they’re watching,” tweeted Ramy Abbas Issa as Salah was still taking in the adulation from the 2,000 Reds fans at Carrow Road.

They will have been.

And ‘they’ – whether that is Edwards and his team, or the club’s ownership group Fenway Sports Group itself – were surely tuned in.

If player retention is prized above acquisition this transfer window, then a shiny new contract with Salah’s name on simply has to be the next one to be slid across the negotiating table.

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