Liverpool could reach another level by copying their transfer strategy over Philippe Coutinho with Mohamed Salah, one pundit has said.
Egypt international Salah’s future is becoming more of a pressing issue as the days and weeks go by. His Liverpool contract runs out at the end of next season, but there have been no concrete signs of an extension.
In fact, the opposite has happened in recent weeks. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claimed that talks between Liverpool and Salah broke down in December and have not restarted.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has stressed that talks are progressing as they should for one of the best players in the world angling for the biggest contract of his career.
However, Barcelona have reportedly emerged as a potential next destination for Salah. The 29-year-old supposedly gave appealing transfer signs to the La Liga side in 2018. Barca are looking at a potential €70million (£59million) deal.
Liverpool and Barca have transfer history, with Luis Suarez and more recently Coutinho making the move to Spain. Coutinho’s departure felt, in the immediate aftermath, like a big blow to Liverpool. However, they reinvested by signing Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk who led them to Premier League and Champions League glory.
And according to former goalkeeper Paul Robinson, the Reds could do the same with Salah.
“We have seen Liverpool do it before with Coutinho and [Luis] Suarez,” the pundit told Football Insider.
Salah, Coutinho Liverpool repeat possible
“The £140million they got for Coutinho ended up benefitting the club with the Alisson and Van Dijk signings.
“They put it back into the team and they went to the next level.
“Could they do that again? It remains to be seen. Personally, I think Salah would leave a massive void that would be very difficult to fill.”
Salah has maintained a consistent level of top form for almost five seasons at Anfield. Two Premier League Golden Boot awards – with a third this season looking likely – proved his immediate reward.
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More recently, though, he has written himself further into Liverpool and Premier League folklore. Salah became the fifth-fastest player to 100 Premier League goals.
Furthermore, only Roger Hunt scored 100 league goals for Liverpool in fewer matches than Salah.
Liverpool wages barrier a problem
The Egyptian wants to become Liverpool’s highest-paid player ahead of Virgil van Dijk to stamp his authority as one of the most important players at Liverpool.
However, the Reds want to stick to the wage structure which has prevented their wage bill from spiralling out of control.
Manager Klopp has proved that he can move on from even his best players. Coutinho left, but Alisson and Van Dijk proved to be the final pieces in Liverpool’s title-winning jigsaw.
Liverpool’s front line is already taking a more long-term shape for whenever Salah does leave.
Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota, both 25, are on long-term contracts and have hit the ground running under Klopp.