Mo Problems for Liverpool as Saudis Seek to Make a Statement

Liverpool could face another challenge if Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad returns with another massive offer for Mohamed Salah before the day ends.

Saudi clubs have until Thursday evening to register new signings, leaving several Premier League teams worried about potential approaches for their star players.

Reportedly, the Reds have already rejected a £150 million offer for the Egyptian but are preparing for another substantial bid before the deadline.

Let’s delve into the potential consequences of his departure for Europe’s top leagues.

Dominance of the Premier League
The Premier League has consistently been considered one of the world’s most prominent and influential football divisions. However, this summer has seen significant talent losses to the Saudi Pro League, with stars like N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Jordan Henderson, and Aymeric Laporte making the move due to lucrative wages.

If Al-Ittihad succeeds in luring Salah, one of the Premier League’s best, this could have a substantial ripple effect in future transfer windows.

Saudi clubs have already managed to attract Brazilian star Neymar and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, who scored 31 goals for Real Madrid last season. Salah’s willingness to exchange reputation for a lucrative contract could further incentivize clubs to poach Europe’s top talents in the coming years.

No Worries for Klopp

Despite the ongoing speculation about his future, Salah has had a positive start to the new season. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken note of this and expressed confidence in Salah’s commitment to the club, stating, “I’ve never had doubts about his future, his commitment to this club. Believe me, you can’t imagine how much attention the world pays, and how calm we are with it. He’s our player, he wants to play here, and that’s it.”

Cash Flow in the Saudi Pro League

The Saudi Pro League has pursued top talents in the summer transfer window to enhance the reputation and quality of football in West Asia. After securing Cristiano Ronaldo’s move earlier in 2023, the Kingdom aims to build a competitive league capable of rivaling the Premier League, Serie A, and La Liga.

Media outlets such as Sky Sports are also starting to broadcast Saudi Pro League matches, providing encouragement that the league can continue on its current trajectory.

Money is not a problem for most clubs, as they are backed by public investment funds and can offer players of Salah’s caliber life-changing contracts, despite his already substantial salary at Liverpool.

With only two years left on his contract, Liverpool might consider accepting a £200 million offer for their star player. Former Manchester United player Robbie Savage believes the club’s determination will be tested once again and emphasizes that every player has a price, saying, “There comes a point when every player in world football has a price. If that price is £200 million, what would Liverpool do? Inevitably, we all know football is a business.”

Should Salah depart in the near future, the Premier League will undoubtedly lose a legendary player who has played a pivotal role in restoring Liverpool’s reputation in English football.