May 18, 2024

Former Liverpool forward Jermaine Pennant has advised Mohamed Salah against leaving Anfield for Saudi Arabia in 2024, despite the allure of a lucrative offer from Al-Ittihad. Salah, who has established himself as one of the top football players globally, has scored an impressive 192 goals in 315 appearances for Liverpool since joining from Roma for £36.9 million in 2017. He is one of the highest earners at Liverpool, making an estimated £350,000 per week.

Salah’s three-year contract, signed in the summer of 2022, is set to expire on June 30, 2025. With about 17 months remaining on his contract by the time the January transfer window opens, there is growing uncertainty about his future. Al-Ittihad had a massive £150 million offer for his services rejected over the summer and is expected to make renewed efforts to persuade Liverpool to part ways with the 31-year-old in the next two transfer windows.

Jermaine Pennant, a former Liverpool winger, believes it’s a mistake for Salah to leave Anfield at the peak of his career. Pennant suggests that Salah should delay any transfer for a few more years and continue playing at the highest level with Liverpool. He emphasizes that the allure of Saudi Arabia will remain, but if Salah’s ambition is to compete in top-level competitions like the Champions League and win Premier League and Champions League trophies, he should stay at Liverpool.

 

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While Salah’s exit may be inevitable, whether at the end of the season or in the future, Liverpool is likely to have a succession plan for their star players. One player heavily linked with replacing Salah is Leroy Sane, a former Manchester City player currently with Bayern Munich. Reports suggest that Bayern Munich might consider a £80 million offer for Sane. According to Pennant, Sane’s style and abilities make him a strong candidate to fill Salah’s shoes, thanks to his pace, goal-scoring ability, and similar playing style to Salah’s left-footed, cutting-inside approach

“And I’m sure you would get him for half of the price of what you’d get for selling to Saudi Arabia, so it would be a little bit more money in the transfer pot as well.”

Since returning to the Bundesliga in the summer of 2020, Sane has 45 goals in 144 games for Bayern. With 30 assists in that period, the 27-year-old has a goal contribution every 1.92 appearances, which explains why Jurgen Klopp apparently regards him as his top target to replace Salah when the time comes.

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