The Liverpool fans have been celebrating in the Transfer Tavern this week after watching their side record a huge victory over Manchester City in the Champions League.
Prior to the all-England clash between City and Liverpool in the quarter-final of Europe’s greatest club competition, the vast majority of neutral supporters believed that the Reds were not capable of getting the better of the Citizens over the course of a two-legged tie. But that proved to be far from the case as Liverpool made a huge statement to the rest of Europe by comprehensively dismantling City by 5 goals to 1 on aggregate.
In truth, the scoreline flattered Liverpool as they spent large periods of the two-legs camped inside their own half, but the result served to underline the ruthlessness of a club who should be more than capable of going head-to-head with City for the Premier League title next season. Meanwhile, excitement has been building amongst the resident Reds faithful propping up our bar in recent weeks due to the imminent arrival of Naby Keita and understandably so.
The Guinea international looks a fine prospect based on the quality of his performances for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga during the past two seasons and, he should add a further layer of quality to Liverpool’s ominously strong midfield. However, his arrival will all be in vein if they are unable to fend off interest from across Europe for Mo Salah (valued at £72 million by Transfermarkt) this summer.
The electric Egyptian once again demonstrated his poachers instinct and match-winning mentality by scoring a goal in each of Liverpool’s fixtures against City, including a cool, tie-killing dink to level the scores at the Etihad on Tuesday evening. Salah’s quality needs no explaining or emphasising; his record with both Liverpool and Roma during the past two seasons speaks for itself.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, with success comes rival interest, so there’s almost no doubt they will be forced to firmly dismiss plenty of forthcoming enquiries and offers for his services this summer. Jurgen Klopp appears on the cusp of completing a special season with the club during the next campaign, unless Salah departs the club of course.
Selling Coutinho in the January transfer window appears to have been a genuine masterstroke from Liverpool considering their rate of improvement in the absence of the Brazilian, but the sale of Salah would undoubtedly be a recipe for disaster.
Regardless of who Klopp brings to Anfield this summer, there is no way Liverpool will be able to compete for trophies next season without their talisman, top-goalscorer, and perhaps already, club-legend, so the club must do everything they can to ensure Salah is happy and ready to spearhead a new era of success on Merseyside when they kick-start the new season in August .
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