Could Liverpool become a victim of their own success yet again?
Manchester United’s double winning season in 200 saw their star player Cristiano Ronaldo win the Ballon d’Or and the ‘FIFA World Player of the Year’ for his starring role. A year later, he was off to Real Madrid for a then-world record £80m.
Gareth Bale made his awesome transition from full-back to attacking winger at Tottenham, and with the allure of the Madrid shirt and yet another world record fee of £86m proving too much to resist for both club and player, the Welshman was off to Spain in 2013.
Liverpool have had their own run-ins with Spanish footballing giants.
Luis Suarez was eventually brought aboard at the Nou Camp in 2014 for £75m, while Philippe Coutinho has in the past few days joined his former Liverpool teammate at Barcelona for a whopping £142m after a protracted transfer saga.
While a big loss for Jurgen Klopp, the Coutinho fee did allow him to draft in Virgil Van Dijk for £75m, with about that amount left over for further recruitment. If 23 goal sensation Mohamed Salah were to move to Spain also, that would surely leave Reds fans in the lurch, no matter the resulting windfall.
Per transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, that could become a distinct possibility in the near future.
The self titled website have reported that in response to Barcelona’s acquisition of Philippe Coutinho, Real Madrid will “now try to tempt” the 25-year-old to the Bernabeu.
The struggling Galacticos are currently languishing in fourth in the La Liga table, a whole 16 points behind leaders Barcelona.
A January move for Mohamed Salah, who only joined Liverpool from Roma this past summer, is nigh-on impossible, but this does give an indication that Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid will pursue the Egyptian in the coming months with the same fervour and funding that secured them Bale and Ronaldo.
Salah recently claimed the ‘African Footballer of the Year’ award for 2017.