Reportedly, Mo Salah is likely to leave the Reds before the end of the transfer deadline as the Saudi pro league outfit Al-Ittihad are preparing a $150m offer for the Egyptian International and potentially making him the highest-paid player in the sport.
Liverpool already lost two of their key figures in midfield to Saudi Pro League clubs; Fabinho to Al-Ittihad and Jordan Henderson to Al-Ettifaq in this transfer window itself
After roping in Fabinho from the Reds, the Jeddah club shifted their attention to their talisman winger Mo Salah. It is also claimed that the Pro League side is willing to offer Salah similar salary figures to that earns at Al Nassr.
Saudi Pro League clubs have been super active this summer especially in the European market as the Saudi clubs continue to lure the European superstars from the top leagues with their huge offers to persuade a move to the Middle East.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s managed— side have reinforced their squad with likes of Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema, Former Chelsea man N’golo Kante, and Jota from the Celtics.
MO SALAH TIME WITH REDS
The 31-year-old Egyptian international joined Liverpool in the summer of 2017 from the Italian side — AS Roma for a transfer fee of ₤43m.
Subsequently, Salah has emerged as one of the most decorative wingers in the history of the Premier League, making 307 appearances for the Reds and scoring 187 goals with 81 assists in his name. In the meantime, Salah claimed the spot of Liverpool’s all-time Premier League top scorer with a tally of 138 goals, an absolute legend for the Merseyside club fans.
The Egypt national team captain is seen as an icon in his home country and the club. Anfield fans have crowned him with the title of Egyptian King for individual brilliance and his contribution to the club’s success.
Salah has been an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad in winning multiple trophies including the most famous league title which came back to Anfield after a long 30 years in the 2019-20 season. Mo Salah clinched the Golden Boot award by scoring 22 goals in that particular season.
FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Club World Cup, and Champions League in 2019 are some of his major achievements with the Reds, and has earned the status of one of the greatest ever to wear the famous red jersey with his legacy.
Following the rumors, Mohamed Salah’s future at Liverpool has been uncertain over the last few days as Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad continues to push for the signature of the Egyptian superstar. However, Salah is still having two years left on his contract as he penned down an extension last summer to keep him at the club till 2025.
LIVERPOOL & THE SAUDI EXODUS
As reported, Liverpool seemingly remains firm with their stance that the Egypt international is not for sale this summer as the Reds cannot afford to let another key walk away after losing their skipper Jordan Henderson and No. 6 Fabinho.
The Gaffer—Jurgen Klopp reiterated the club’s decision after the 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Sunday, that the Egyptian will be going nowhere.
The last couple of days are going to be quite crucial for both the clubs and the players, considering the Saudi club still hopes to acquire the services of Egyptian from Anfield before the transfer deadline.
In case, Salah’s potential exit happens then Liverpool needs to search for a probable replacement for the right winger. They would have little time to take an adequate step within the last two days of the transfer window.
For Liverpool, Salah isn’t all about scoring goals. Rather, he brings much more depth to their game with his vision, quality, and precision to deliver accurate balls. Ability to dribble past the players, getting into the tight spaces.
Now the question is who could Liverpool replace Salah at Anfield? With the summer transfer window closing on Friday, the Reds may have to explore opportunities in the market. A certain on-fire Bowen is rumoured to be on the potential replacement list.
The other viable option for Jurgen Klopp is to use his current squad depth to replace Salah with Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, and Cody Gakpo who can play on wings. They have already made a few additions to the squad with Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Wataru Endo this summer.