Liverpool have managed to keep hold of star player Mohamed Salah for the time being, but a fresh update has emerged about him possibly leaving the club in 2024.
The 31-year-old once again showed what a priceless figure he is for the Reds on Saturday, picking up an assist for all three goals in the 3-1 win away to Wolves.
While Salah is mostly known for his relentless goalscoring ability, his creativity is also world-class, as he highlighted so brilliantly at Molineux.
There was big interest in the Egyptian during the summer transfer window, with Al-Ittihad unsuccessfully bidding £150m for his services, but Saudi Pro League clubs are unlikely to go away quietly.
Speaking to Give Me Sport, journalist Ben Jacobs said he expects there to be a fierce battle to sign Salah next summer, at which point his time at Liverpool could come to an end:
“It went Lionel Messi one, Neymar two, Salah three, in terms of their ranking, because a lot of the clubs have to input who they want and effectively rank the names. So had Neymar not chosen Al-Hilal, then Al-Hilal would have probably also gone for Salah this summer
“And I think that next summer, there’ll be a sort of battle within Saudi to try and get Salah and dealmakers are going to have to decide where the best club is strategically to place him because like I say, that’s just how some of these deals work.”
Our thoughts on Salah leaving Liverpool in 2024…
Salah is such a special footballer that the ideal outcome would be to see him spend the rest of his career at Anfield, with the Egyptian King still having a number of years left in him at the top level.
It is impossible to ignore the level of interest from Saudi Arabia, however, and if a monstrous offer comes in next summer, Liverpool may think about accepting it, considering the attacker will be 32 by that point.
Salah will only have one year left on his Reds contract then, so it would be the last chance to receive a giant fee for him, and ultimately, if the player’s head is turned by a move, it would be time to cut ties.
It would be a sad moment if that did happen, and as mentioned, the ideal scenario would be for Liverpool’s iconic No.11 to extend his stay on Merseyside further, but it does increasingly feel as though this could be his last season at the club.