By: Lewis Robinson
After scoring 4 goals against Watford at the weekend, comparisons between Salah and Messi began to be thrown out by pundits everywhere. While I believe those comparisons are far too premature, the way the two diminutive wingers play is extremely similar. Both players are left footed, quick, technically superb, and have the ability to put a defender on his backside with their brilliant dribbling. Salah’s 4 goals over the weekend made him the top scorer in the top 5 European leagues, overtaking Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Lionel Messi himself. Liverpool have found themselves an absolute gem in the former Chelsea reject, and now need to focus on keeping him in the summer in order to challenge for the Premier League title next year. Salah is obviously in the form of his life, and the heavyweights of world football will surely be keeping an eye on his progress.
Newspapers in both England and Spain have been reporting on a potential transfer between Real Madrid and Liverpool for the free scoring winger, with some journalists estimating the transfer fee could be 200 million pounds. This number is astronomical for a player who, while having arguably the best debut season of any player in Premier League history, has only produced these types of figures for one season. He currently has 36 goals in all competitions (as of March 21, 2018) and has another 9 games at the minimum to increase his tally. If I was Real Madrid, I would obviously be taking note of Salah’s progression, but I think it would be risky for them to shell out so much money on a “One Season Wonder”, which is what Salah is at the moment. Because of this, I believe Salah will be staying at Anfield for another season, but football changes quickly and a series of events could tempt Real Madrid into splashing the cash on him after just one season with Liverpool.
The next couple of months are very important for Liverpool and Mohamed Salah in particular. Liverpool need to secure a top 4 spot to ensure a Champions League place for next season, and could reach the semi finals of the Champions League if they overcome Manchester City in early April. Once this club season is over, Salah will be travelling to Russia to play in the World Cup with Egypt, the nation’s first appearance at the finals since 1990. If the following events happen over the next couple of months, Real Madrid might give Liverpool a blank check to secure Salah’s services. Now imagine this: Liverpool knock out the Premier League leaders Manchester City in the Champions League to reach the semi finals, with Salah grabbing a few goals over both legs. Salah then goes on to set the Premier League record for goals in a season (which is very probable after his 4 goal haul last weekend), and then walks into the World Cup and leads the ultimate underdog in Egypt through. If these events happen, I’m sure Real Madrid would pay any amount of money Liverpool wanted for Salah. And wouldn’t that just be crazy, from Chelsea reject to one of the best players in the world.
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