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Actually, it all came a bit out of nowhere, right?
Just five months after Liverpool secured their first Premier League crown, with the talisman Mohamed Salah smiling as wide as the River Mersey as he celebrated with his teammates, the Egyptian is now rumored to be unhappy at Anfield. .
Speculation about the future of the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner began to circulate following his comments about a possible transfer to La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
A frivolous comment that was taken out of context? Possibly. Although when his friend and ex-partner Mohamed Aboutrika decided to put gasoline on the flickering flame confirming Salah was not happy in Merseyside, the buzz really picked up.
Anyone remotely associated with the club will undoubtedly at least be disturbed by the comments made, but guess what? They shouldn’t be.
First things first, let’s put simple logistics aside. The 28-year-old is under contract at the club until 2023, which means Liverpool have absolutely no pressure to reach a deal with Barca, Real Madrid or Salah himself.
Because the Egyptian international has two and a half years left on his current contract, if the Reds decided to ditch the former Chelsea player, they could get an astronomical amount of money, something neither of the two Spaniards have. .
Anyway, those are simple math out of the way, and the truth is that we have already discarded the ridiculous idea that Salah could be heading to the Camp Nou or the Santiago Bernabéu anytime soon, but you didn’t come here to read a boring article. which says ‘they can’t afford it, it’s rubbish’ so let’s move on.
If Barca or Real generated enough money to be able to afford a player with 86 goals in 121 Premier League games with Liverpool in their name, it is not only likely that Jurgen Klopp would receive a transfer to find a suitable replacement (and not It is) too bad in the transfer market), they would also be quite well equipped without him.
Liverpool’s 2020/21 team is not the same team that Salah joined in 2017/18. In the Egyptian’s first season at Anfield, neither player scored half of the 32 league goals he scored in his first campaign; They were far from being a one-man band, but over-reliance on him was perhaps the reason they were hoping for a title. extended to 30 years.
Since the 2017/18 season, Sadio Mane has scored just one less league goal than Salah in the two full seasons played, while summer pick Diogo Jota has added some much-needed depth to a front line that, while It is true that he has looked brilliant in recent seasons: he needed the support of the rest of the team.
Since signing from Rome in June 2017, Salah has not appeared in just seven Premier League games for Klopp’s side, and the Reds scored a total of 13 goals in those meetings, proving they can play without. him if they choose to separate.
Of course, there is the possibility that Liverpool will get stuck in the middle of these two scenarios: their forward is desperate to leave, causes problems on the field and does not want to extend his stay beyond 2023, although neither Real nor Barça they can afford it, leaving Liverpool in big trouble.
However, this is possibly the most unrealistic result of all. Despite his recent comments about his discontent at not being named captain against Midtjylland and falling to the bench for the Reds’ clash with Crystal Palace at the weekend, Salah was featured in the second half and looked smarter than ever.
There was no trace of a player spitting his mannequin or desperate not to be in the club, he looked brilliant and capped his performance with two good goals.
So if you’re a Liverpool fan and are spending sleepless nights for the future of one of the best players in the game, don’t bother, everything will be fine.