Speculation that Mohamed Salah would be enticed to leave Liverpool and join his old Anfield teammates in Saudi Arabia this summer persists, but one former Reds hero is doing everything he can to dispel the claims.
The Egyptian is without a doubt one of Liverpool’s best signings of a generation; a face well-known throughout the world and a legend in both Egypt and Merseyside. With 186 goals from 305 games, he is presently joint fifth on the club’s all-time scoring list, alongside Steven Gerrard.
However, there has recently been conjecture that Mohamed Salah could become the latest high-profile target for Saudi teams. Indeed, Liverpool has already been pillaged three times this summer by clubs from the Pro-League. While Liverpool were powerless to stop Roberto Firmino from leaving as a free agent, the sales of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson both came as a surprise.
Gerrard, who manages the Al-Ettifaq team for which Henderson presently plays, will also join the three in the Middle East.
Salah’s departure, on the other hand, would be the most painful pill of all. And there have recently been rumors that the footballer is a target for Al Ittihad, who have made a hefty offer to the 31-year-old.
Indeed, they were apparently willing to offer Salah a colossal salary of £154.8 million over two seasons, or a whopping £1.4 million per week. Furthermore, they were offering Liverpool a sizable quantity of money in exchange for his sale.
With Jurgen Klopp obviously uninterested in cashing in on Salah, the German is hoping the rumors fade swiftly.
However, Robbie Fowler, who manages Al-Qadsiah in Saudi Arabia, has now given those ambitions a boost.
Speaking earlier, Fowler insists he will do all he can to ensure Salah remains on Merseyside.
“I’ll put in a word for him to stay. I want him to stay at Liverpool. But good players will always get linked here because this country and this Pro League wants good players and that’s the simplicity of it,” Fowler stated.
When asked about the Anfield exodus to Saudi Arabia this summer, the 48-year-old replied that the business this summer demonstrates that the Saudis mean business.
“I think it’s a huge statement, we spoke before about where this country wants to be.
“When you’re signing players who are playing for England, and Liverpool’s captain, it’s huge, it really is, and it just shows you the power of what can happen if you want it badly.”
With Liverpool hopeful of retaining Salah, the Reds may press on with their efforts to bolster their weak team.
And, with the Reds in need of fresh midfielders, the club hopes to sign Japan’s Wataru Endo soon
Salah to stay with Liverpool
Sources confirm Liverpool is not open to any transfer discussion for Salah and Klopp confirmed same.
“It’s always difficult to talk about media stories because there’s nothing to talk about from our point of view,” Klopp told a news conference ahead of Liverpool’s game with Saudi.
“We don’t have an offer, Mo Salah is a Liverpool player. Obviously for all the things we do, essential, was, will be. There’s nothing there, if there would be something the answer would be no.”
Klopp confirms Salah is committed to Liverpool since he signed a three year extension to his contract last year.
Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, also said earlier this month that the player was committed to the Merseyside club.