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Pundit reveals why Liverpool may have to bite the bullet and sell Mo Salah to Premier League rivals Chelsea, Man City

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool star during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Liverpool have been told that they may be forced into selling Mo Salah to a Premier League rival this summer, if they cannot satisfy his current contract demands.

Salah has just 12 months remaining on his current Anfield deal, having last penned fresh terms back in 2018 after his impressive debut campaign with Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The Athletic’s James Pearce claims that the 30-year-old will quit the club on a free next summer, unless he receives a ‘significantly improved’ contract offer.

That means this summer is the last realistic chance the Reds have of recouping a decent transfer fee.

The situation is very similar to that of Sadio Mane. The Senegal forward’s deal was due to run out in the summer of 2023 so Liverpool cashed in on a £35million transfer to Bayern Munich, rather than eventually losing him for nothing.

And now Anfield chiefs may be forced into a similar scenario, according to former Republic of Ireland keeper Paddy Kenny.

He told Football Insider: “I’m sure they won’t want to [sell to their rivals].

“Ideally they would try and push him abroad. It’s just one where we have to wait and see what happens.

“Real Madrid and Barcelona were always mentioned but can you see Salah going there now with their financial problems?

“Man City and Chelsea have the money to sign him, that’s certain. So if Liverpool make that huge decision to cash in, they’ll have to sell to one of those teams.

“That makes that side a lot stronger and it weakens Liverpool so that is less than ideal for them.”

Salah finished as Liverpool’s top scorer in the 2021-22 season, notching 31 goals and has 156 in his Reds career.

Changing of the guard at Anfield

While losing Salah would represent a massive blow, it appears that the club have been planning for such outcomes.

During Liverpool‘s Premier League-winning campaign it would have been unthinkable that the Reds will not have their famous attacking trio of Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino carrying on for years to come.

However, the arrival of Diogo Jota started to see the phasing out of Firmino. Although the club’s regular No.9 was never a prolific scorer anyway.

Luis Diaz Liverpool May 2022

Luis Diaz was then snapped up in January, with the knowledge that Mane was almost certain to leave this summer.

The Reds were forced into that move after Tottenham’s interest, but it worked out really well. Diaz now has a taste for English football and is fully adjusted to the Premier League.

And now Darwin Nunez is also on board to fill the central role that Mane often took up last term.

That means two the front three positions are already decided, it just remains to be seen what happens with Salah.

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If he leaves, the Reds will almost certainly bring in his replacement before that happens to make sure of a seamless transition.

But if they crumble to his salary demands then they end up keeping a player who is already a Liverpool legend and will also go down as a Premier League one.

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