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How Mohamed Salah has demonstrated that Liverpool was correct to maintain composure

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It’s safe to say it’s too early in the season to draw any sweeping conclusions about what Liverpool will do this summer.
For example, clearly hoping for more, the possibility that Dominik Szoboszlai’s incredible start in a red shirt could fade into indifferent form, changing perceptions about his signing, cannot yet be ruled out.

We also can’t say for sure that Wataru Endo won’t silence his early doubters and emerge as Jurgen Klopp’s man in midfield after an underrated Anfield career.
While the quirks of form and form mean firm statements about the Reds’ recent earnings should be avoided, there is one element of their transfer business that can be declared a resounding success after just 11 games into the new campaign.

This, of course, is a decision to fend off the aggressive advances of Saudi Arabia for a certain Mohamed Salah. Two months ago, you didn’t have to look far to find condemnation of Liverpool’s steadfast stance, with many claiming they were mad to turn down a £150m bid from Al Ittihad in recent days.
Many casual observers seem to have missed the Egyptian’s 30 goals in 51 appearances in a team with major midfield failures and regular injuries.
Fortunately for Liverpool supporters, this ‘bad form’ has continued into the new campaign, with Salah scoring six goals and providing four assists in 10 games in all competitions.

In fact, his contribution to nine Premier League goals so far can only be rivaled by Erling Haaland, who it would be fair to say offers significantly less when it comes to building play.
So if Salah’s predicted demise has not materialized and justified a potential sale, what about the claims that Liverpool simply could not afford to turn down such a large fee for the 31-year-old? Well, they didn’t hold up very well either.
Al Ittihad were initially thought to have offered just £100m for their number one, with the remaining £50m made up of add-ons, which included one of the club’s successes at the World Cup in December.

And considering that the clause would have required victories over Oceania, Africa, South America and then eventual champions Man City, it would be generous to describe it as even close to attainable.
It’s also worth noting that even the £100 million guaranteed part of the offer isn’t as significant as it once was due to recent market inflation.

It would be interesting to know – for example – what West Ham would have demanded from Jarrod Bowen, who is clearly very talented as a left-footed winger but falls somewhat short of Salah’s production. After Liverpool’s much-publicised surprise move, the Hammers would surely push that to £100m and may even have asked for more in January.
Importantly, it wasn’t the only financial consideration for the Reds either.
Given the riches guaranteed by Champions League qualification, there was clear financial value for Jürgen Klopp to keep his best player for at least one more season.
Liverpool’s pursuit of that goal is off to a good start, having finished in the top four at the second international break and actually just three points off the top.

It certainly wouldn’t have happened without the influential Salah, especially if they sold him in the Premier League transfer window and thus couldn’t sign a replacement. Of course, all this does not mean that Klopp and Co. would completely remove their difficult decisions about their star player and Saudi Arabia’s interest is sure to rise again next summer with further rejections expected in January.
At this point, Salah has a year left on his contract and is likely to be worth a figure that won’t be too afraid of the rejected sums in September.

The key then is whether the player feels he is ready for mid-retirement by the current standards of the Saudi Pro League, or whether he feels he has more to give at the highest level of the game and wants to sign a new contract at Anfield. . .

There’s only one thing we can be sure of at this point, and that’s that Liverpool were absolutely right to hold their nerve last summer.

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