Rio Ferdinand believes Mohamed Salah and his agent are plotting to get him the contract that he deserves at Liverpool.

During a debate over the forward's prowess this season, the Manchester United legend admitted he was playing better than anyone else in the Premier League - including Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Egypt international was on hand to score his 20th goal of the season on Tuesday night when Liverpool beat AC Milan in the Champions League.

The result meant that Jurgen Klopp's side finished top of their group, winning every match - despite being handed a reasonably tough draw along with Atletico Madrid and Porto.

Mohamed Salah stole the show again for Liverpool after netting in their 2-1 win over AC Milan (


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Salah's ability in front of goal this year has wowed everyone with only Ian Rush and Roger Hunt reaching the 20-goal milestone quicker in a season, while the former AS Roma star has also contributed with nine assists.

But off the pitch, the 29-year-old's contract situation remains unresolved and there might be a few starting to get nervous at Liverpool HQ.

Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, is seeking around £500,000 per week for his client to sign a new contract with the Reds.

However, in the BT Sport studio after Liverpool's win over AC Milan, Michael Owen insisted that Salah is going nowhere, saying: "His contract will get sorted out, but these things are complicated.

"This is probably the last big contract of his career so he's got to take his time about things.

"Where can he go at the minute? Spanish football is struggling."

Mohamed Salah is yet to sign a new contract at Liverpool (



And Ferdinand replied that Salah and his agent are working together to ensure he is the best-paid player in the Premier League.

The United legend sai: "Do you think he is sitting there with his agent and saying 'just go and search out the highest paid player in the league and put me a couple of pound above them'? He's the best player in the league at the moment."

The current best-paid player in the Premier League is Ronaldo, who is on a salary of £26,520,000 - roughly £510,000-a-week.

And former Chelsea star Pat Nevin believes that Salah would be remarked as the best in the world.

"Without the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, how would we think of Mohamed Salah right now?" he said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

"We would think of him as the best in the business."

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