Former Liverpool midfielder Dom Hutchinson has made a huge claim following controversial comments regarding Mohamed Salah.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool leaves the pitch dejected after the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The ESPN pundit believes that Jurgen Klopp should sell the Egyptian superstar if the German manager were forced to keep either Salah or teammate Sadio Mane.

Sadio Mane has recently been linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid or Barcelona with the Senegalese ace reportedly valued at £140 million.

Liverpool are currently under no pressure to sell any of their top players following the club’s gargantuan rise back to the pinnacle of European football.

However, Hutchinson has claimed that if a sale had to be sanctioned at the club it should be Salah that is offloaded rather than Mane.

The former Reds’ star feels that Mane offers more than the former Chelsea forward whom Hutchinson claimed can be ‘so bad its untrue’ when it comes to the basics.

Liverpool are currently under no pressure to sell any of their top players following the club’s gargantuan rise back to the pinnacle of European football.

The former Liverpool midfielder told ESPN FC:  “I wouldn’t [accept £140m for Mane], I wouldn’t.

“They’re the same age but it’s Mo Salah that I watch every single week, and his numbers are astonishing don’t get me wrong and you can’t take that away from Mo Salah, but when we were talking about the Champions League just before the Atletico Madrid game, you watch Mo Salah and the guy does genius things but he does the most basic things so bad it’s untrue.

“He can’t pass a ball five yards, he seems to keep playing this ball where he tries to nutmeg everyone from whatever side he’s on, if he’s coming off the right flank onto his left, tries to play it to a striker through a body of players that’s never, ever on.

 

“And you watch him and go: ‘Surely this has been coached, surely Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff have tried to coach Mo Salah,’ and he does the basic things really badly, yet his numbers are frightening and he scores a ridiculous amount of goals in the Premier League and the Champions League.

“So I would disagree, I think if you’re going to sell anyone and you had to sell one – don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t sell any if I was Jurgen Klopp – but if one was to go and you offered Mo Salah for someone like Jadon Sancho, I maybe would take that swap.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Mohamed Salah of Liverpool FC and Renan Lodi of Atletico Madrid battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Max Maiwald/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Hutchinson’s remarks are nothing shy of ludicrous.

Scapegoating Salah and undermining the 27-year-old’s quality is beneficial to no one and showcases how the recently-turned pundit doesn’t have the clubs’ best interests at heart.

The former Roma star is currently Liverpool’s top-scorer this season – and has been since his arrival on Merseyside in 2017.

Salah has demonstrated on numerous occasions that his unwavering brilliance is perhaps sometimes underappreciated following on from his inaugural record-breaking season at Anfield.

He has somewhat become a victim of his own success following on from his 44-goal haul in his debut campaign following a £34m [BBC Sport] move from Roma in 2017.

Salah’s numbers in a Liverpool shirt are borderline ridiculous.

In terms of goals and assists, Salah has more than some of the world best with none of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ciro Immobile, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe or Sergio Aguero able to boast the same numbers as Jurgen Klopp’s Egyptian king.

In 97 matches, Salah has 68 goals and 24 assists to his name. More notably, the 27-year-old has featured missed just five fixtures from a possible 102. None of the aforementioned names – not even Messi – has proven more durable in that period.

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