There’s no denying that Liverpool’s season hasn’t gone according to plan. Multiple season-long injuries and surgeries to key players, fatigue and a seeming lack of clinical finishing have left the Reds marooned outside the top four.
One player who cannot be faulted is Mohamed Salah. Sure, the Egyptian has missed a few big chances at important moments throughout the season but he’s carried his attacking teammates the entire season.
Diogo Jota was on fire for a period but has since fallen off with a knee injury playing a part.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, however, have been extremely disappointing and there have been calls for them to be replaced among frustrated supporters and pundits alike.
The one player that shouldn’t be replaced is Salah. He might be agitating for a new deal and there may be some uncertainty over his future but he’s so important to Liverpool.
He currently earns a reported £200,000/week which averages out to over £28,500 per day.
According to Christian Falk, Chelsea are interested in signing an attacker that barely featured at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho before he was sold to AS Roma.
He then moved to Anfield and has blossomed under Jurgen Klopp, growing into the best attacker in the Premier League. The Blues have reportedly shortlisted him alongside Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku.
Haaland is highly unlikely to leave the Westfalenstadion due to the huge amount of money BVB would demand while Lukaku has just won Serie A with Inter Milan after being reborn under Antonio Conte.
He, like Salah, left Chelsea and developed into a world-class attacker and, in my opinion, would be hesitant over a return to London.
Tuchel, whose side has reached the Champions League final, would be a much better manager to coach Salah or Lukaku (compared to Mourinho) but neither is likely to be too keen on a return to the club that stifled their potential.
Between them, they’ve been directly involved in 70 goals this season, according to the stats gurus at Transfermarkt.
Liverpool are in need of a prolific centre-forward to take some of the pressure off of Salah and allow Mane the chance to find his feet again after COVID-19 seemingly stole his depth perception and awareness.
A number of players have been mentioned as players the Reds could sign this summer and after Odsonne Eduoard rejected Liverpool, my preference would be Donyell Malen and although the Eredivise is not the best league, he’s been sensational this season.
His first touch is immaculate, his finishing is instinctive and while his link-up play may not be on the same level as Roberto Firmino’s, he’s very creative in the way he brings his fellow attackers into play.
He almost assisted a goal this season using his shoulder to play the ball into the path of a midfielder runner.
Liverpool should not be selling Salah unless they can guarantee he is replaced by someone like Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland or Jadon Sancho and even then, there’s no knowing if they can score the same number of goals he has at for the Anfield side.