Speaking to Sky Sports, pundit Ian Wright fears that Liverpool could lose Mohamed Salah to a club like Real Madrid, given the forward’s incredible form so far this season.
With 36 goals and 12 assists in 41 appearances for the Reds this term, Salah has been an absolute sensation at Anfield since joining from Roma last summer, emerging as one of the hottest properties in world football.
Will that mean that Liverpool have to court offers for the player sooner rather than later?
BBC pundit Ian Wright thinks so, speaking as a guest on Sky Sports programme ‘The Debate’.
This is the problem Liverpool will have. If Salah continues this kind of scoring next season, they will be courting him. Not being disrespectful to Liverpool, but Salah won’t have grown up dreaming of playing for Liverpool – if Real Madrid come knocking, he’s going to be taking notice of that. Losing Salah would be a much bigger loss than losing Coutinho.
The Reds were ultimately powerless to resist Philippe Coutinho leaving for Barcelona and while financially rewarded, his departure was a blow to supporters.
Can Liverpool possibly hold on to Salah for years to come?
In comparison to almost every club in the world Liverpool are a side that you arrive at and look to end your career with, given their stature, the passionate support, their financial clout and trophy ambitions.
However, there are a few select sides that have more cultural and financial pull than the Anfield outfit and the kind of form Salah is showing is bound to get them interested.
As with Coutinho, Liverpool may have to accept Salah is destined for one of European football’s elite clubs and must be prepared to maximise his value in the transfer market.
It is critical though that they hang on to him for at least another season. Jurgen Klopp has worked hard to build a complete side worthy of competing for the title and it finally appears the pieces are in place. Salah leaving this summer would be a critical blow to their chances of competing for major silverware next term.