Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah could depart the club at the end of the season, despite committing his future to the Anfield side just a few months ago.
What’s the word?
That is according to transfer insider Dean Jones who has informed GIVEMESPORT that Salah’s act in putting pen to paper over a new deal does not necessarily stop the Egyptian from departing the club come the end of the season.
Looking at the silver lining of the situation, the insider believes Salah’s departure would allow Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to completely rework the squad.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said:
I’ve got a feeling this might yet prove to be Salah’s last season.
“I know he signed a new contract but, given that there was already uncertainty coming into this season and the way that this season has started, it might be an opportunity to completely rework this team.”
An agonising update
Losing a talismanic figure, in any case, is rarely a scenario that works out for the best, even in the long term.
Liverpool have of course had a taste of this, with Sadio Mane’s absence still felt throughout the squad, despite the positive performances put in by Luis Diaz, before his injury blow.
And it doesn’t always work out for the player either.
Lionel Messi’s switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 proved to be a tougher transition than expected and saw the Argentine legend net just six goals in Ligue 1 during his first season in the French capital.
The relevance of that translates nicely into £81million-rated Salah’s current situation.
Whilst his switch from Roma to Liverpool back in 2017 went well to say the least, a move to pastures new does not always come with guaranteed success.
And with both Messi and Salah primarily serving as inverted right-forwards, their impact is slightly dependent on the dynamic of their attacking counter-parts.
Liverpool would certainly need to replace the Egyptian if he was to depart and could do so with an ambitious move for Messi’s PSG teammate, Kylian Mbappe, as reported by Marca.
The 23-year-old would perhaps serve as the safest bet in matching Salah’s staggering numbers at Anfield, but it would set FSG back a fair bit, with echoes of a fee of more than £300million bouncing around.
Either way, losing fan-favourite Salah would be an agonising blow for Reds fans, who will surely want him to see out his career at Anfield.