According to Goal’s Melissa Reddy, with Julia Brandt unwilling to relocate because he’s unsure he’ll play, Liverpool will target Roma’s Mohamed Salah.
This isn’t a story that we’re unfamiliar with. Liverpool was negotiating a transfer with Basel for Salah in 2014, with the Swiss club rejecting a number of the club’s bids before Jose Mourinho convinced Salah to move to London to join him at Chelsea instead.
It was an unfortunate move for Salah as his game time was limited and he subsequently only appeared 19 times for the London club in his time in England. Loan moves to Fiorentina and Roma, before a permanent move to Roma, saw him experience little English football under Mourinho.
According to Goal, Liverpool are looking at a number of wingers with Julian Brandt unwilling to relocate this summer and Salah is one such winger.
This season, Salah has scored 13 goals and assisted 10 in 28 games for Roma. The Egyptian has been one of the club’s finest performers and is one of the main reasons for them being second in the league, just seven points behind probable league winners Juventus.
Liverpool is in need of the quality that Salah possesses and while it might not occur to everyone, as a left-footed player, he would bring some much-need balance and variety to a team which is all too predictable at times.
Goal mentions that Roma “would not be receptive to losing such an influential player – certainly not cheaply.” A fee in the region of £30-40 million is probable and feasible, I would think, for a player that is entirely capable of turning a game on its head.
When Jürgen Klopp has all his players fit and available, which is rare, Coutinho, Firmino and Mané make up the front three and signing Mo Salah would present a selection headache.
But it’s one that Klopp needs to have more often.
Too often this season, the German manager has had to choose between an often tired Coutinho on the left flank and 17-year-old Ben Woodburn and it’s not a selection process that has been paying dividends.
Klopp needs to sign players like Salah to make things far more competitive so the likes of Firmino and Coutinho don’t rest on their laurels.