While Liverpool continue to deal with the fallout from Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to Barcelona, the future of another star became the subject of speculation this week.
Reports in Italy had suggested that Real Madrid would respond to Barca’s capture of Coutinho by launching an audacious bid for Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian international has been on fire since making a £36.9m move to Anfield in the summer, and his record of 23 goals in 29 games has made most of Europe sit up and take notice.
The speculation has reached the point where Salah himself has felt the need to intervene – and Liverpool fans can rest easy, as the 25-year-old has moved to shut down the talk that he might depart the club after only a few months.
فيه اخبار غلط كتييييره نزلت النهارده بس ماشي مش هعلق ??
— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) January 11, 2018
(Translation: There has been a lot of false news recently, but I will not comment.)
That said, if he were to maintain this form then Liverpool could well have a fight on their hands in the summer, particularly if Real decide to phase out Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Gareth Bale. In any event, talk of a January exit has been quelled and that is the most immediate thing.
Indeed, the only forward who looks like hem might be leaving Merseyside in this window is Daniel Sturridge. Reports on Thursday night suggested that the England international wants to leave in order to secure first team football and a place in England’s 2018 World Cup squad – and while Liverpool are prepared to sell the 28-year-old, they will only do so if their £30m asking price is met.