Bukayo Saka has been told that he has all the “attributes and qualities” to replace Mohamed Salah at Liverpool, according to one pundit.
The former Arsenal academy star has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Manchester City, having made a big name for himself after breaking into the Gunners first-team, while also starring for England at Euro 2020.
The Premier League’s top two teams are ready to swoop for Saka if Mikel Arteta’s men fail to qualify for the Champions League for next season.
The 20-year-old has notched seven goals this season, just two behind top scorer Emile Smith Rowe. And there can be little argument that he has been the club’s best attacker this term.
Salah, meanwhile, has just 18 months to run on his current Anfield deal and is yet to sign a new one. And Saka, whose own contract expires in 2024, has been tipped to fill the boots of the Reds’ talisman.
That is according to former Sunderland forward Kevin Phillips, speaking to Football Insider.
He said: “I think Saka will get better and better. He’s still a young kid, he’s done a lot already in his short career.
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“I think he’s an unbelievable talent. I also think, moulded in the right way, he’ll turn out to be a top-class player.
“Whether he can go to Liverpool, if that was to happen, could he emulate what Salah’s done? It’d be very, very difficult for any player to do that.
“But he’s certainly got the attributes and qualities that he possibly could join Liverpool and replace Salah. Let’s not forget, Salah didn’t tear it up early on at Chelsea.
“For Saka, he’s developing all the time”.