Kaide Gordon will be hoping Mohamed Salah stays with Liverpool long-term. It’s a decision that could greatly benefit his Reds career.
Will Mohamed Salah stay with Liverpool beyond this season? Everyone hopes so, of course, but the answer remains in doubt. Salah’s contract expires in 2023, after all, and by his own admission, no one knows if an extension is on the way.
If Liverpool don’t agree that new deal, there will be pressure to sell this summer. They surely can’t afford to let him leave for free in 2023 and getting any kind of fee in 2022 would be preferable in most cases.
The next months remain key, then. Liverpool will hope Salah’s demands drop, Salah will hope Liverpool’s valuation rises. If neither happens, there’s a difficult decision on the way.
Losing Salah would be a massive blow for all at the club but we think there might be one player praying he stays more than anyone. Kaide Gordon could well look at this situation as defining for his career.
Kaide Gordon at Liverpool
Gordon is unquestionably the big hope as Salah’s successor. He’s already had some first-team games this season and even scored a goal – showcasing a skill Jurgen Klopp loves in the process. Trent Alexander-Arnold labelled him a ‘frightening’ prospect after just weeks of working with him.
And Gordon already admits that he loves learning from Salah. The two train together, of course, and the 17-year-old tries to pick up all he can. He’s working with the world’s best in his position, after all.
But we think there’s more to it than that. Salah is essentially the perfect age for Gordon to work behind, assuming the Egyptian remains at the top level for three or four more years.
Gordon will be 20 or 21 by the time Salah truly starts winding down and Liverpool will want him playing regularly by then. It’s honestly perfect – if all goes to plan, Gordon will be at the ideal moment to take over.
But that doesn’t necessarily happen if Salah leaves. Liverpool will almost certainly replace him with a player much younger than 29 in order to get value for their money. Such a player would get in the way of Gordon’s first-team development, however.
Liverpool would have to prioritise the best-possible first-team player with any replacement, of course, but it would come at the cost of Gordon’s place. That, given the teenager’s potential, could be yet another reason for hoping Salah stays put.