There were lots of celebrating by Liverpool fans yesterday when a Mo Salah interview with FourFourTwo circulated the web.
In it, our brilliant Egyptian described his lifelong obsession with the club, which indicated to many that he’d like to stay for many a season.
“Ever since I was a kid, I had been a Liverpool fan – they were my favourite Premier League club. I’ve loved the club since I was young and knew this was a team I wanted to play for. I knew the history that this club has and, as soon as I got the chance, I had to make it happen,” he said.
But without being too negative, this is exactly the kind of thing Coutinho was saying before Barcelona showed official interest. Then, his mood changed instantaneously.
It’s not Barcelona we’re worried about with Mo Salah, but their rivals Real Madrid.
Los Blancos are enduring a poor season with Cristiano Ronaldo a shadow of his former self and Gareth Bale injury prone.
They’ll undoubtedly beeline for a world-class attacker this summer and we’re worried our 25-year-old may be top of the pile.
Salah dodged the question, by claiming ‘at the moment’ he’s happy, which seems innocent enough. But as Liverpool fans, we’ve learned to treat such quotes with caution!
“At the moment I am here. I want to concentrate on my team and finish the season very well,” Salah told Marca when asked if he had a desire to one move to Spain, before admitting that La Liga does interest him in terms of the footballing style.
“Yes, I follow it, I see some games. Not always, because sometimes they coincide with Liverpool fixtures, of course.
“It’s a good league, has top teams, and the way they play is very attractive.”
In the long run, keeping Salah will be based on two things: money and success. If we can pay the huge wages our rivals do, while challenging for silverware, we have a chance of retaining the superstar.
If not, we don’t.