The Liverpool board are not happy with suggestions from Mohamed Salah’s camp that he’d be prepared to join a Premier League rival.
That’s according to 90min. They claim that reports of Salah’s willingness to remain in England if he can’t agree a contract at Anfield has ‘not gone down well.’
The ‘powers that be’ at Liverpool are reportedly not best pleased with the Egyptian’s preferences.
Despite that, it’s also reported that talks are continuing over an extension for Salah.
Mo makes his preference known
News of Salah’s intentions to stay in the Premier League has given a sense of Deja vu for Liverpool fans.
It’s been over a decade now since Fernando Torres jumped a sinking ship at Anfield to join Chelsea. But the pain of that move still aches all these years later.
See also Raheem Sterling joining Manchester City in 2015. Although Sterling was nowhere near Torres’ iconic status on The Kop, he receives boos at Anfield to this day.
The softener in both of those scenarios was that Liverpool managed to recoup £50m from each player.
Should Salah get his way here, he would be leaving on a free transfer next summer. Of course, Mo has paid back his £34m transfer fee many times over.
Still, for Liverpool to lose a key man for nothing to a rival, that would sting even more. In terms of his status at Anfield, he has far surpassed anything that even Torres did.
It could all be just a bargaining chip. But it should be enough to jolt Liverpool into some decisive action.
Salah has spoken of how difficult it will be for him to leave The Reds. If he leaves to join a Premier League rival, that move would become even harder. It would effectively burn all bridges with the fans.
The club has fought long and hard to clamber back to the level of their domestic peers. Allowing one of their best players to join a Chelsea or Manchester City, for nothing at that, would be a huge blow to all those efforts.