Ex-Red Momo Sissoko believes it could be good for Liverpool if Mohamed Salah leaves the club.
“I don’t know if Salah will stay,” he told EuropaCalcio.it. “If he were to leave the Reds, his farewell could be a good thing for Liverpool.
“The management is very intelligent and would already know how to replace him.”
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Sissoko seems to underappreciate exactly how difficult it would be to replace Salah. He’s undoubtedly right in that the club would know how to replace him – but that doesn’t mean the replacement would be as good.
In fact, they almost certainly wouldn’t be as good. Salah’s record for Liverpool is sensational and puts him up there with the very best. As a right-winger, there are no players with similar goal records. Certainly not since Kylian Mbappe started playing as a centre-forward.
It’s true that Salah himself didn’t have that record before moving to Anfield, either. But it’s not as though Jurgen Klopp and co. saw his explosion coming – it was just a happy surprise, as Klopp has admitted.
Thus, replacing him would be very, very difficult. You’d have to find someone who can develop as rapidly as Salah did, while bearing in mind that no one else has ever done that.
And that’s just to get someone as good as Salah. The team wouldn’t be any better than if they still had Salah. To have any remote guarantee of improving, Liverpool would need to sign a true superstar.
You’d need someone who can match Salah’s record of 70 goals in 100 Premier League appearances. That’s the most anyone has managed in a Liverpool shirt.
Can Liverpool improve by selling Salah? Yes – you can say the same about anyone. There is a slim chance of a new player coming in and soaring to unforeseen heights as the Egyptian did after his £34m move.
But the chances are incredibly slim – Salah stands out for a reason, after all. In all likelihood, the Reds would be worse off without him.