Starting with what Brendan Rodgers has recently revealed could be his only purchase of the January window – FC Basel’s Mohamed Salah.
The 21 year-old winger’s stock has dramatically risen this season after putting Chelsea to the sword twice in the Champions League group stages, netting deciding goals in 2-1 and 1-0 wins for the Swiss Champions.
The Egyptian prodigy also comes with a prolific record at international level, with 17 goals in 27 outings for his country. Salah’s prolific form for The Pharaohs saw him finish as joint-top scorer in the African group qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, finding the net on six occasions along with Asamoah Gyan and Mohamed Aboutrika.
He also won the CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year award in 2012, and a year later earned the Golden Player award at club level for his contribution to Basel’s Swiss Super League title win.
Possessing explosive pace and a clinical knack in the final third, Brendan Rodgers views the African starlet as the ideal mid-season purchase to provide the Reds with some added fire-power from midfield.
Furthermore, Chelsea’s Victor Moses has proved to be a rather ineffective loan signing for the Anfield outfit this season, and fellow winger Raheem Sterling is still yet to find a consistency to his sporadically promising performances.
Some sources alleged the deal to sign Salah was almost wrapped up at the start of the transfer window, but there seems to be some disagreement over the Egyptian winger’s value. Basel want around £15million for their highly-rated prized asset, but the Reds are looking to pay around half of that.
Followng recent interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid however, Rodgers will undoubtedly feel compelled to up Liverpool’s offer.