Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has given advice over Mohamed Salah’s future at the club.
The Egyptian forward was the subject of a £150m bid from Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad, which was rejected by the Reds. There were suggestions that the Saudi Pro League champions would return with an improved offer but one never materialised and every Liverpool supporter breathed a sigh of relief when the Saudi transfer deadline finally passed on September 7.
For all the headlines surrounding his future, on the pitch, Salah appeared to be unfazed and has chalked up six goal involvements in the club’s first five games of the season. However, there is a feeling that this will not be the last time that the Reds' resolve will be tested.
Salah, 31, has entered the final two years of his contract. The forward will be pivotal to Jurgen Klopp’s side sealing a return to the Champions League and mounting a title challenge, but Hamann fears that his old club will soon have a tough decision to make.
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“If Mo Salah wants to leave in January, then Klopp will have to think about it,” Hamann told NeueOnlineCasinos. “[Sir Alex] Ferguson took that approach because he knew he could reinvest that money. Klopp doesn't have the same option - hence why he kept hold of Mane and Firmino for several years.
“As far as Salah goes, I don't think they should lose him for free (his contract is up in 2025). If the Saudi option is still there in January, then he'll have to think about it.”
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