The suggestion has been made that Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, considered one of the world’s top football players, should think twice before leaving Anfield in 2024 to join Saudi Arabia. A former Liverpool player has offered his perspective on who could potentially replace Salah at the club.
Mohamed Salah, who joined Liverpool for a bargain fee of £36.9 million in the summer of 2017, has impressed with 192 goals in 315 appearances for the club. He is not only the highest earner at Liverpool but also one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League, earning an estimated £350,000 per week. However, his current three-year contract, signed in the summer of 2022, is set to expire on June 30, 2025, raising concerns as there are around 17 months left on the deal by the time the January transfer window opens.
Al-Ittihad, a Saudi Arabian club, had a £150 million offer for Salah rejected during the summer, and they are expected to renew their efforts to persuade Liverpool to part ways with the 31-year-old in the upcoming transfer windows. While a mid-season sale appears unlikely, there are reports that Al-Ittihad is prepared to offer Salah a substantial salary of approximately £2.4 million per week, which would make him the world’s highest-paid athlete, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s current record earnings of £1.3 million per week at Al Nassr. With such a lucrative offer on the table, it’s understandable why Salah might be tempted to consider the move.
Former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, however, believes that Salah would be making a mistake by leaving Anfield at the peak of his career. Pennant suggests that Salah should postpone the transfer for a few more years and continue competing at the highest level with Liverpool. He emphasizes that the opportunity to move to Saudi Arabia will still be there in the future and suggests that Salah’s ambition to play competitive football, win Champions League and Premier League trophies, and stay ambitious would lead him to choose Liverpool.
Former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant.
As for who could potentially replace Salah at Liverpool, Leroy Sane, formerly of Manchester City and currently playing for Bayern Munich, has been strongly linked to the club. There are reports that Bayern Munich could be open to selling Sane for around €92 million (£80 million). Jermaine Pennant believes that Sane is one of the few players capable of filling the void left by Salah, citing his abilities to cut inside on his left foot, pace, and goal-scoring ability as attributes that make him a suitable replacement.
“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.”
Sane has 45 goals in 144 games for Bayern after returning to the Bundesliga in the summer of 2020. With 30 assists in that time, the 27-year-old has a goal contribution per 1.92 appearances, which explains why Jurgen Klopp apparently sees him as his No. 1 priority to replace Salah when the time comes.