Chris Sutton has called on Mohamed Salah to snub a bold approach from Saudi Arabia, insisting the Liverpool forward “owes Jurgen Klopp”. Saudi Arabian clubs have shaken up the transfer market this summer with superstar signings such as Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Sadio Mane and Neymar among others.
Salah appears to be the next target with Al Ittihad planning an audacious bid to test Liverpool’s resolve. Reports have stated that they’re preparing an offer worth around £120million and would put him on wages similar to Cristiano Ronaldo.
There’s been no indication from Salah’s camp that he’s tempted by the approach while Klopp insisted last week the Egyptian was simply not for sale. With the offer coming so late in the transfer window, Liverpool would be left in a situation where they’re unable to bring in a replacement.
The onus will be on Salah and whether he wants to push through a move as Klopp has repeatedly stated that he doesn’t want players who don’t want to be at the club anymore. But Sutton believes the 31-year-old should turn down the record-breaking offer as a sign of respect to both Liverpool and Klopp.
He said on the ‘It’s All Kicking Off’ podcast: “My thoughts are Mo Salah cannot leave Liverpool at this time to go to Saudi. Just based on the timing of it. We’re a couple of days now to the end of the window. I think that would be scandalous if Mo Salah decided to leave and leave Liverpool in the lurch.
“Now, if this was a deal which was in the pipeline a month, five, six weeks ago, do you know what? I’d understand it. But I think if he did that, he would, I mean, that would be a real slap across the face for Jurgen Klopp, a guy who actually turned Mo Salah into the world-class player, which he is, a guy who has shown great loyalty to Salah, and I get Salah’s shown great loyalty to Liverpool, but I feel Mo Salah owes Jurgen Klopp one as well.
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“Mo Salah still has a lot to offer for Liverpool, and Liverpool are a better team with Mo Salah in it, and Liverpool can maybe challenge Manchester City if Mo Salah stays. So I think Mo Salah owes it to Liverpool.”
He added: “But if he turned his back on Liverpool right now, it wouldn’t leave Jurgen Klopp enough time to get an adequate replacement if there is such a thing to replace Mo Salah. And that would be where, you know, he cannot do the dirty on Liverpool. That would be an absolute scandal.”
Salah has two years remaining on the £350,000-a-week contract he signed with Liverpool 12 months ago. He’s the highest-paid player at the club by some margin, but the contract is said to be largely incentivised with scoring bonuses.
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