Any player who has produced the level of football we have seen from Mohamed Salah this season is going to be subject to transfer reports. However, this summer is going to be one of the longest in recent history for Liverpool fans as they hope they can hang on to their star man.
Battling to keep hold of key players is nothing new for Liverpool in recent times and they have lost some of their best players to top European clubs.
Big Names Have Left
Philippe Coutinho was the latest man to arrive at Anfield, deliver the goods and then leave the club to join a team in Spain. Luis Suarez left and joined Barcelona, the same team as Coutinho and Xabi Alonso joined Real Madrid back in 2009/10.
Not every player has left the club to play abroad and big names including Fernando Torres and Raheem Sterling have left Liverpool to join Premier League rivals. Torres left for Chelsea in 2010/11 for just over £50 million and Sterling joined Manchester City for close to £60 million in 2015/16.
Liverpool have always managed to get good money for the players they have sold and if they had not moved on, perhaps current starts such as Salah and Sadio Mane would not have joined Liverpool.
However, if Liverpool are to produce a team which can win the Premier League, they must start keeping their star players and build a team around them rather than sell and replace them.
Salah transfer rumours were gathering pace towards the end of the Premier League season and continue to grow.
Any player who manages to score 44 goals in his debut season for a Premier League club, with one huge match still to come, is always going to be linked to arguably the two biggest football clubs on the planet, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
It’s the former who appear to be showing the most interest, with Barcelona being heavily linked with a move for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. Real Madrid may be willing to offload Gareth Bale in the summer and if the Welshman moves on, it will open a slot in the Real Madrid squad for Salah.
One Season Wonder?
The fact Salah has been at Anfield for just one season following his move from Roma may see him stay at Liverpool for at least another campaign, even if he is tempted by a move to the Spanish capital.
Still, this is not good news for Liverpool and if they are to win the one trophy the fans want more than any other, the Premier League, the club must start keeping their star players and that begins with Salah.