Liverpool face a bid decision this summer concerning the futures of both Harvey Elliott and Mohamed Salah.
This transfer window is one of the club’s most important of recent years.
After a nightmare last campaign, the Reds need to spend big this summer to begin the rebuild that will be needed in the coming seasons.
The biggest decision involves the front three.
Diogo Jota is going to replace one of Salah, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane in the long run, but there are still two new players needed.
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With deputy attackers Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri set to leave, now represents the perfect time to act. Sign someone young this summer who can come in and be squad players for now, but become world-class starters in future.
A striker, like Donyell Malen, would be a start.
But what about the long-term future of Mohamed Salah?
Elite right-wingers are in short supply, so Liverpool have to move quickly to secure someone good enough to replace him.
Of course, that is where youngster Elliott has played the majority of his football. He is the obvious candidate to be Salah’s long-term replacement.
But it may not be that simple.
Salah and Elliott have contrasting styles
While Salah and Elliott both play the same position, they are completely different players.
The Egyptian is a stone-cold killer. He is a goal scorer that has pace to burn and strength to match.
Meanwhile, Elliott is more of a creator. He is an “eye of the needle” players, whose game revolves around assists rather than goals.
Of course, with seven Championship goals last season, he is capable of scoring goals too.
But it is not his biggest strength. He is never going to be a Salah-style inverted winger that is basically just a striker.
This is our point. Does Elliott have a future on the right of a front three at Liverpool?
We know that Jurgen Klopp likes to play with lightning-fast wingers. His probable replacement in 2024, Steven Gerrard, does too, as seen by his use of Ryan Kent and Kemar Roofe at Rangers.
For this reason, we think that Harvey Elliott may eventually end up as a central midfielder at Anfield. His game is based on technical ability rather than physicality, so the position may suit him better as he gets older.
In the meantime, he should be capable of playing as a Jack Grealish-style winger. The Echo have reported that he is set to stay at the club as a squad player for the coming season, rather than go on loan.
Come inside, get the ball to feet and feed the other two attackers. Similar to how Shaqiri plays the role as well.
But Liverpool may want to try and get their hands on someone more similar to Salah this summer if they are thinking similarly to us.