Mohammad Salah, the Egyptian king, and talisman of the Merseyside Reds is well aware of the significance of his name in the footballing world. With his goalscoring ability, playmaking skill, and sheer presence on the field, he can completely dominate any game he starts. Unfortunately, the Egyptian international’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2023, which means Liverpool may be forced to sell the striker at the end of the season or risk losing him for free 12 months later.
Salah reportedly wants to become the club’s highest-paid player, surpassing Van Dijk’s weekly salary of £220k. However, if Liverpool refuses to meet his demands, he may leave, though this is more likely to happen next summer than this summer. So, if he does, who could Liverpool bring in to replace him, whether at center-forward or on the wing?
- Kylian Mbappe:
This one is an absolute no-brainer. Kylian Mbappe, the French wonderkid, is an absolute prodigy whose mammoth talent has him valued well over a 100 million Euros in today’s transfer market. It is an open secret that Kylian Mbappe is trying to force a move away from Paris Saint-Germain. The attacker is determined to end his association with the Ligue 1 giants very soon. That means Liverpool could fancy a shot at securing his services, even though Real Madrid currently lead the race. His dream is to play for Real Madrid and emulate his hero Cristiano Ronaldo, but Los Blancos aren’t in the best of financial shape right now, so if they can’t afford the Frenchman, a Premier League club certainly can.
- Federico Chiesa:
Federico Chiesa was the sole ray of hope in an otherwise bleak 2020/21 season for the Bianconeri when they failed to win Serie A for the first time in nine years. His performances for Italy at the European Championship cemented his reputation as an elite winger, to the point where he was linked with a move to Liverpool during the tournament. Chiesa would undoubtedly be an excellent replacement for Mohamed Salah on Liverpool’s right wing. The Juventus striker is well-known for his goal-scoring and goal-assist abilities. He’s also a hard worker who can play both in the midfield and on the attack. Because of his prolific ability, he’ll fit right in with Klopp’s system.
Liverpool may be looking for one last game-changing signing before the departure of Sporting Director Michael Edwards, and Raphinha clearly fits the bill. During his time at Elland Road, the Brazil international has been a joy to watch, and he appears to be a perfect fit in terms of the criteria Edwards prefers. Raphinha’s performances at Leeds may also persuade Liverpool that he has what it takes to step up and become a key figure under Klopp. To be honest, Salah is nearly irreplaceable for Liverpool, so one can expect the club to do everything in its power to re-sign him to a new contract before considering signings like Raphinha.
So, who do you think would be the best candidate to fill the void left by Salah’s departure from the club?