Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy disagrees with a club legend and feels Mohamed Salah should not be sold during the summer transfer window.
Salah, 27, has enjoyed incredible success since moving to Anfield from Roma in the summer of 2017. The Egypt international has scored 90 goals in 135 Premier League appearances.
He has bagged 118 in all competitions while winning the title and picking up a Champions League winners’ medal. But rumours have begun to surface that all is not well behind the scenes and he is getting itchy feet.
The African spoke of his affection for Barcelona back in December last year, with the rumour mill clicking into gear. It was thought that he might be angling for a move to the Nou Camp.
And his angry reaction to being substituted in the 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea spoke of a player unhappy with the situation.
Robbie Fowler knows a thing or two about Liverpool. The 45-year-old scored 184 goals for the Reds across two spells.
And he feels that the Merseysiders should not stand in the way of a player who wants to ply his trade elsewhere.
“If the player is agitating for a move, let him go,” he wrote in his column for the Sunday Mirror. “I’m not having a go at Salah. Love him to bits.
“But I truly believe that transfers now are largely about what players want, so the ball is in his court, not Liverpool’s. If he wants to go, then he should go. If a player wants to leave, we have to accept it’s in the mix.”
Murphy lays down the law
Salah has bagged 24 goals in all competitions in 2020-2021. He may not match his first season’s tally off 44 but is on track to record his second highest count.
Murphy believes that proves he is still a valuable asset. And the pundit urged Jurgen Klopp to keep hold of him unless he has a superstar replacement lined up.
“If you’re going to sell your best goalscorer and the top scorer in the Premier League, you better have a really good plan in place,” he told talkSPORT. “[You’ll need] somebody who’s going to come in and be able to hit some really high numbers because if you sell Mo Salah, you get weaker.
“You need your best players on the pitch. So I disagree with that, I wouldn’t be looking to sell him at all.”