Liverpool are in the strongest position they have ever been and will need to make smart decisions in the coming years which could impact on Mohamed Salah.
When it was finally announced that the Reds had secured Salah on a five-year contract for a mere £34m after weeks of speculation, fans were over the moon.
However, as excited as they might have been, there was no telling how good he was until he finished the 2017/18 season with 44 goals in 54 appearances.
That’s more than Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres managed in a single season while they were at the club.
As was expected, he slowed down to an extent during the 2018/19 season and managed just 31 goals.
He’s not expected to drop below the 30-goal mark this season but with the 27-year-old now in his prime, it’s prudent to wonder what should be done when his sensational talents start to diminish as they do for all forwards rapidly heading for their 30s.
The unlikely option is for him to stay at the club and become a squad player when he is no longer good enough for the starting lineup.
Now that Liverpool are once again at the top of the European game, fewer liberties can be afforded with players that aren’t performing as we’ve seen the likes of Dejan Lovren relegated to fourth choice centre back after he was a key figure during the 2017/18 season.
Of course, the Croatian is and has never been anywhere near as good as Salah has been over the last two years but the point stands all the same.
Hypothetically, if turns 30 and is no longer capable of scoring 20 goals a season and has lost the pace that sets him apart from just about every forward in the Premier League, Liverpool should look to sell him on and use the money generated to replace him.
It’s obvious that Salah is not going to lose all his ability overnight but Liverpool have defined themselves in recent years by being proactive in their decision making and if they were to receive a mega bid for him at the end of next season, it might be sensible to accept.
In theory, if they were offered over £100m for him, as was the case in January 2018 with Coutinho, if he wanted to leave it would be a scenario that suited everyone.
Given how good he still is and will be for a few years, Liverpool shouldn’t actively be looking to offload him.
His goals and assists will once again be key to Liverpool progressing this season.