Chris Sutton has praised Liverpool’s ability to keep hold of Mohamed Salah, with Al-Ittihad failing to land the winger last week.

Speaking on the Monday Night Club, the pundit applauded the Anfield side for being able to wave off Saudi Arabian interest to keep Salah at the club at least until January.

With Al-Ittihad’s transfer window closing last week, a full six days after the English market closed, Liverpool deserve plaudits for fighting off strong interest in Salah.

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Indeed, there was a real threat of Salah leaving Anfield for Saudi Arabia this summer. Yet Liverpool held firm and managed to keep the main man on Merseyside, something that deserves high praise.

Sutton said when asked about Salah staying at Liverpool beyond the transfer window: “I think this is an enormous season for Liverpool, holding onto Salah.

“There was all the talk about him going to Saudi [Arabia], which was absolutely massive. I’m really pleased he’s stayed from Liverpool’s perspective because I do think they are the team to challenge. They’re off to an absolute flyer.”

Salah staying at Liverpool could lead to title charge

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Salah leaving Liverpool even for a world-record fee would have been nothing short of disastrous for Jurgen Klopp’s side, which is why keeping hold of the winger is such a big deal.

The 31-year-old is still one of the best players on the planet and an attacker who will be a difference-maker for Liverpool this Premier League season.

And there’s now good reason to believe that Liverpool could go all the way if Salah remains on their books for the entire season, with January set to be another massive battle for the Reds.

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