Ex-Arsenal full-back Lee Dixon sees a bit of Mohamed Salah in one of Liverpool’s reported transfer targets. The Reds supposedly like Bukayo Saka.
Arsenal pulled off a fantastic win over Chelsea on Wednesday evening, coming away from Stamford Bridge with a 4-2 result. One player who managed to stand out was Bukayo Saka, who wrapped up the points with a late penalty.
But Saka’s all-around game caught the eye there. For one, he had 51 touches of the ball – the third-most of any Arsenal player. That’s a rare thing for a forward and shows just how much the Gunners wanted to get Saka the ball.
The 20-year-old also created a chance, attempted three dribbles, won a tackle and, quite incredibly, picked up four interceptions. That was as many as anyone in the game, tying N’Golo Kante and Mohamed Elneny. But they’re defensive players, of course.
The watching Lee Dixon, working for NBC Sports, liked what he saw from Saka. In fact, he compared the winger to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah after the game.
“When this lad runs with the ball at his feet it reminds me a little bit of Mo Salah,” said Dixon. “Just watch how quick he gets it out of his feet and attacks the full-back.”
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah replacement
It sounds as though Liverpool see those comparisons, too, as ESPN reported earlier this year that they want Saka. A move is almost certainly only possible if Arsenal finish outside the top four but his contract expires in 2024. It should be easy to get them to the table if Saka doesn’t renew.
What’s very notable about it is that Saka is a right-sided winger who would cost Liverpool a fortune. Any deal only makes sense if there’s a long-term starting role and that means replacing Salah in Red.
Saka, then, could well be Liverpool’s Salah replacement – either because the Egyptian leaves or once he’s winding down. But we think the comparisons are apt and the Reds potentially see it, too.