The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern simply cannot stop waxing lyrical about their electric Egyptian Mo Salah, but they are becoming concerned by rumours linking him with a move away from the club.
Since his arrival from AS Roma last summer, Salah has been an absolute revelation at Anfield. In just 27 Premier League appearances, Salah has managed to score 23 goals and provide 9 assists against opponents at both ends of the table. Although a title-challenge is certainly beyond Liverpool’s reach this season, Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly be holding out hope to mount a significant bid for the top prize next season.
However, his aspirations of finishing at the top of the pile could be set to receive a decisive blow next summer, as Real Madrid are plotting a bid to sign their prized possession next summer according to Spanish media outlet Don Balon. The report claims that Madrid’s president Florentino Perez is set to offer Liverpool cash plus Gareth Bale in exchange for Salah’s services in the summer – a deal which The Reds would be beyond foolish to accept.
Liverpool supporters need little reminder of the abundance of qualities Gareth Bale possesses, but there is no doubt that the Welshman is not the same player who left Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. The 28-year-old boasts an impressive record this season with 10 goals and 7 assists from 24 appearances despite his struggle with various injuries, so Liverpool should by no means be turning their nose up at Bale just yet.
But after watching Salah tearing up the Premier League this season, it would be a mistake of gigantic proportions to allow him to leave the club after just one season, as his presence at Anfield will make or break their ambitions for the season. Now that their defensive problems have been partially resolved, Liverpool have every chance of going toe to toe with Manchester City for the title next season providing that Salah is still with the club, but without him, their chances will be non-existent.
If Liverpool want to prove they are still a big club who are capable of competing for honours then they need to start keeping hold of their best players. They failed to do that with Coutinho in January, so FSG owe it to the fans to do everything they can to keep Salah in Liverpool next summer, regardless of the financial appeal of a potential deal.