Yours for £1m. Need to make room for Dean Saunders
- May 24, 2007
I completely agree with all your points.Personally dont think he is going anywhere. I find these discussions disturbing though because;
1; So many seem ok with the idea of losing him. Nobody in Liverpool's long, illustrious and successful history has scored at a better rate than him.
2; Nobody in the Premier League era for any team has had a season like his first with us. Not Ronaldo, not Henry, not Shearer. Some of the most prolific goal scorers of recent times have played in our league, he out did them all.
3; People still seem to have this "Well if the big clubs come calling...." attitude. Don't like it, never have but especially now. Let's get this straight we've turned a corner, we are a historically massive club, our 70s and 80s teams are up there amongst the best sides in the history of the sport. Currently we are operating as the best team in the world. We are the most likely candidate for a team that could have a period of real dominance in the sport. Some clubs, thanks to historic or current financial doping, have better finances than us but we have incredible revenues coming in that will be ever increasing the more successful we get and we are really savvy with our money.
4; Klopp thrives on having a settled squad. For all his lack of appreciation Salah is probably the forward Klopp can cope without the least as proven by him having to play through ankle injury pain.
We shouldn't and don't need to sell in an attempt to finance improvements to our near perfect squad. If we do we certainly shouldn't sell such a historically special, phenomenal, talent.
And yet, I’m sort of OK with him going. Not because I’m down playing his contribution, or think it will be a doddle to replace him.
It’s that I think he was always going to go at some point.
It comes down ultimately to what the player wants, and for someone like Salah who is genuinely a global superstar and an unofficial ambassador for his country (if not his whole continent) he might want to move on for a variety of reasons we have no control over.
We are right now one of the biggest clubs in the world. We can certainly afford to keep him. We don’t have to sell in the slightest.
But we can’t offer him the opportunity to conquer La Liga, for example. Or to experience a new culture.
I think we all have to be grown up about players and as long as everyone trusts each other, plays fair, and is clear about their plans and their ambition it’s fine.
What we can expect not to to happen is the kind of Coutinho situation where we plan for a player to stay for a season, and then another (perceived to be bigger) club come in, unsettle him, and force the move against our wishes. There is no need to be bullied by anyone.
But we still have to accept that there are other experiences to LFC that players might want to explore. I think if players are up front with Klopp and give us time to plan for these departures, then it’s cool. We don’t want to be in the position where we are trying to keep players against their will, because ultimately that does the club no favours in the long run either.
Given the choice would I rather see Mo Salah stay. Yes, of course. I’d love to see him here for years. But if he wants to leave, as long as he has been fair with the club and Klopp, I trust our lads to put that money to good use and strengthen us a result.