The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have simply ran out of superlatives to describe Mo Salah this season, and they are hoping he has one final big-game performance in his locker ready for the Champions League final on Saturday evening.
Liverpool’s electric Egyptian has undoubtedly been the star of English football this season, and if he continues his scintillating form with a man-of-the-match performance in Kiev on Saturday, he could well become an unlikely candidate for the next Ballon d’Or award. On the evidence of how the 2017/18 season panned out, it would be difficult to argue against his candidacy for Europe’s most prestigious individual award at this moment in time, but the arrival of a new player at Anfield could threaten his credentials.
Salah’s position on the right-side of Liverpool’s attack has been relatively unchallenged this season, but that could be all set to change this summer if the Reds decide to make a bid to re-sign Suso. According to The Observer the Spanish midfielder who left Liverpool for just £1.17 million in January 2015 has publicly declared his desire to “play for Liverpool again someday”.
Since he departed the club, Suso has developed into a fine right-winger at AC Milan where he notched 8 goals and provided 14 assists this season. Clearly, his record is vastly inferior to the staggering numbers Salah has boasted this season, but the contrasting statistics do not imply that Suso is incapable of challenging Liverpool’s talisman for a starting berth in the future.
Like Salah, Suso is a technically gifted player who generally tends to drift inside with the ball at his feet into a position where he can terrorise defences on his natural left-foot, although he is more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer. The Spanish international would certainly find it tough to break into the first-team ahead of Salah, so he may have to adapt to a central role in order to maximise his number of opportunities at Anfield.
However, Suso’s presence in the squad would give Salah something extra to think about if Klopp eventually decides to sign him during the summer window and, although his first-team place would not immediately come under serious threat, his presence would certainly encourage Salah to emulate his achievements from the current campaign in order to maintain his place in the first-team.
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