Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that Liverpool cannot afford to sell Mohamed Salah just months after selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142m. Carragher, however, has mentioned that Liverpool may have to live with the fact that Salah might leave in the near future if the clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling.
Salah has been Liverpool’s indispensable figure since his summer move from AS Roma. Despite not being a pure No. 9, he has become the second player to score 20 goals in the Premier League this season, while has notched up 28 in all competitions. He took his Premier League tally to 21 goals when he scored that brilliant brace against Tottenham in an eccentric 2-2 draw at Anfield.
His prolific displays have already seen him get linked with Real Madrid and although these are just the rumours, Egyptian FA president Hany Abou-Rida recently claimed that the Galacticos would make an offer for Salah in the upcoming summer.
Salah, who was named as the African Player of the Year for 2017 ahead of his teammate Sadio Mane Arsenal’s newest acquisition Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has netted 20 goals in just 25 games in the Premier League; the fewest appearances for any Liverpool player to reach 20 goals in the competition.
Expressing his concern over the Egyptian’s future at Anfield, Jamie Carragher has said that Liverpool cannot really afford to let Salah leave, that too just months after allowing Coutinho to depart for Barcelona.
“Well, fingers crossed [Salah stays with Liverpool]. He’s only just arrived so we want to enjoy him for as long as we can,” Carragher told talkSPORT.
“There’s no doubt when you are a player that good, it’s not just Liverpool’s problem – it’s any club’s problem if Real Madrid or Barcelona ever come for one of your players.
“Let’s not forget [Cristiano] Ronaldo when he was possibly the best player in the world left Manchester United; he left when Manchester United were still playing European Cup finals. It’s very difficult, and in some ways you have to sort of just accept it and try and get the biggest fee you can possibly get – as Liverpool did with Coutinho.
“I’d expect Salah to be at the club for the next few years. The contract that he signed and the position Liverpool are in with Coutinho just going, they can’t afford to let another big name player go.”
Carra is absolutely right. We simply cannot lose Salah as he’s the stepping stone we need in order to win the league title once again. Given the way things are at the club right now, I expect our stars to stay at Anfield as the project seems quite exciting under Klopp.
“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan
There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.
The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.
The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.
The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.
The moment 104-year-old Reds fan, Bernard Sheridan, met Jürgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after the Palace game.
Happy birthday, Bernard. ❤ pic.twitter.com/YMcAotaDmv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 22, 2019
The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.
Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.
The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.
Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.
@KevRedCon this is what Liverpool fc is all about.
— John kelly (@jonhkelly1981) January 22, 2019
My Liverpool is more than a football club………Family, and we look after our own
— kenny (@Kennedy20686482) January 22, 2019
He has seen more than any reds out there.Hope he gets to see us win the league this time
— Neymar (@Suvendra6) January 22, 2019
Wow. ❤️💯 Show me a club with more heart for reals! 🔥
— Liverpool stan ✊ (@MelissaJacobs12) January 22, 2019
love the King and Klopp and respect their hectic schedule. How nice if they could have invited him for a cup of tea to hear about the old days of the club…like the early 20th century.
— Mick (@MICKDXB) January 22, 2019
Sir Kenny a class act
— Liam Smith (@Liam229Smith) January 22, 2019
It’s lovely to see such warm gestures from a club that’s so close to my heart. Feels like I’ve been there, although I’ve never been. Would love to meet them all one day. Hopefully soon. #YNWA
— R Mansingh (@rmansinghani) January 22, 2019
This is Anfield, where dreams are made.
— Howard howface (@HowardHomix1) January 22, 2019
Liverpool set to break world-record annual net profit for football clubs
The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.
There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.
The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.
Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.
We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
“I see him staying with us for the next two or three years” – Blow for Klopp as Bundesliga boss claims Liverpool target isn’t moving soon
The German striker has been one of the brightest stars for the Bundesliga side and even represented the national team at the 2018 World Cup.
Werner is just 22, and the Mirror reports that the Reds have been linked with a move for the Bundesliga ace.
Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the versatile forward, as per the report, but Rangnick believes Leipzig could keep Werner.
Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Mirror), Rangnick also conceded that battling Munich’s interest will be difficult:
“If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult for us. But they often play with one striker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years.”
The report adds that the Leipzig boss also claimed Werner would not be leaving to a rival club in the January window.
The forward has scored 11 times from 18 Bundesliga games this season and can play as the central striker or wide left.
The 22-year-old would make an excellent addition to the Liverpool team, and he would provide cover to our front three.
Rangnick’s comments are expected as no club would want to lose their top player, especially to a rival club, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the summer regarding the striker.