Liverpool legend tells club to ‘let Salah go’ amid Coutinho comparisons

Date published: Sunday 7th March 2021 12:42 - Robert McCarthy


Robbie Fowler insists that Liverpool should not be afraid of selling Mohamed Salah this summer, if the attacker wants to quit Anfield.

The Reds are facing a similar situation to the one they encountered when they sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January 2018.

That move frustrated the Anfield faithful, but it turned out to be masterstroke in the end.

Klopp sanctioned the sale in a record £142million deal, but they allowed Liverpool to bring in Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in the same window.

Alisson arrived six months later, followed by a Champions League and then a first top-flight title in 30 years.

And a report in the Liverpool Echo claims that Klopp and Michael Edwards want to repeat the trick with Salah.

The Egyptian has previously hinted that a move to Spain could be on the cards, with Real Madrid keen on a deal.

And writing in the Daily Mirror, Fowler said: “If the player is agitating for a move, let him go.

“I’m not having a go at Salah. I 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.

“I’m a firm believer that if they are unhappy and want to be going, then they should be going. Jurgen Klopp has said the same, too – he doesn’t want anyone at the club who doesn’t want to be there.

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Coutinho happening all over again

“It is my belief that was his attitude with Philippe Coutinho. He agitated for a move. Liverpool turned it down in the summer because it didn’t suit them financially and in terms of bringing players in.

“But they did the deal in January, and used the money to buy Virgil van Dijk and Alisson.

Philippe Coutinho Cadiz v Barcelona

“Klopp didn’t want Coutinho because he thought his attitude wasn’t right. He didn’t want that poison in his camp in the end.

“So if Salah is truly ­unhappy, if he is upset he hasn’t been given a new contract or whatever, then cash in, get as much as you can for him and use the money to make tweaks with the current team.”

Salah, 29, currently has two years remaining on his Anfield contract. With that in mind, the Reds will need to make a decision on his future soon.

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