Liverpool have had some fantastic goalscorers over the years. The Reds have seen the likes of Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez tear teams apart in recent years, Michael Owen and Kenny Dalglish in the past. Jamie Carragher has warned Liverpool against replacing Mo Salah, one of our most deadly finishers ever.
The Reds paid Roma £34m for Mo Salah back in 2017.
Since his arrival the Egyptian King has set the record for most goals in a Premier League season and has consistently wowed Kopites with his instinctive goal grabbing ability.
Despite all of his quantifiable virtues, Jamie Carragher feels Mo Salah is underappreciated at Anfield. The Scouser told Monday Night Football:
“I think if you asked Liverpool fans whether they would take big money for the other five [world class players], they would all say no, no matter what the money but if you offered them £130m for Salah, they would think about it. That is why I say he is underappreciated.”
Carra went on to insist that should The Reds cash in on the Egyptian King and replace him with Jadon Sancho or Kylian Mbappe, the new arrival would struggle to match Mo’s numbers. The ex-Red asserted:
“Only Lionel Messi has more goals and assists than Salah in Europe’s top five leagues since he joined Liverpool.
“But I think it would be so difficult for [Sancho and Mbappe], in their first two-and-a-half years at Liverpool, to get [Salah’s] numbers. That is why Liverpool need to be careful.”
What RTK has to say
The legend has a point here. Jadon Sancho in particular would struggle to hit the same amount of goals as Mo Salah did in his first season.
However, that doesn’t mean he would be a bad replacement. Sancho is nearly eight years younger than Mo. Whilst he may not hit the same heights immediately, his long term potential is boundless.
This is not to say that we should just accept any bid above £120m that comes in for the Egyptian. We should only consider moving him on if we have a guaranteed replacement lined up.
Kylian Mbappe could replace him in a heartbeat. Jadon Sancho may need a couple of seasons to reach the same level but four or five years down the line he could be providing more to the team than Mo is at the moment.
This is an interesting one, if we have one of Mo Salah, Jadon Sancho or Kylian Mbappe next season then we’re fine.