Pair's 2 goals in 20 will rule out Mohamed Salah transfer - RTK view

Mohamed Salah is in the transfer news, with one major European club targeting him. His teammate’s terrible form should rule out any move, however.

Telefoot reports that Paris Saint-Germain are looking to sign Mohamed Salah in the transfer window. They’ve apparently made contact with his representatives already.

Now, for Liverpool, there should be two quick responses – ‘no’ and ‘maybe if we get Kylian Mbappe involved’. The latter feels quite unlikely, however.

So the answer should instead be an emphatic ‘no’. Liverpool can’t afford to sell Salah, no matter what PSG offer.

His teammates don’t allow for it.

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There are certainly circumstances where you accept £100m+ offers for 29-year-old players. Salah turns that age in June, making him a player possible falling out of his prime a little.

Securing a huge fee and reinvesting in long-term potential makes some sense, then. Just not for Liverpool.

The big problem is that Salah is the club’s only reliable forward right now. Diogo Jota is scoring some goals but doesn’t have the big-time trophies to support his class.

And the other two who do – Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – are in awful form. They’ve got two goals between them in a collective 20 games.

They’re struggling and, quite honestly, Liverpool cannot rely on them. Salah is the only forward they can back to score.

He’s got four goals in his last five Liverpool games – important goals, too. There was the opener against RB Leizpig, the away goal in Madrid and the equaliser this weekend.

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In total, Salah has 28 goals. He’s far and away Liverpool’s top scorer this season.

Thus Liverpool have to keep him around. There’s no other option. Selling him is far, far too risky as it could leave them without a reliable, elite goalscorer next season.

What if his replacement isn’t as good? The team immediately goes backwards. Potentially very far, too.

If Mane and Firmino were performing, you’d back them to help carry Liverpool next season in Salah’s absence. But they’re not and the Reds can’t.

Instead, Salah has to stay. There’s no other option here if Liverpool want to compete next season. No reasonable amount of money is worth the risk.

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