BBC pundit: With 'audacious bid' on the cards, Liverpool must beware what happened at Tottenham
By Richard Parks
BBC pundit Garth Crooks has warned Liverpool that they face an “audacious bid” for Mohamed Salah after his sensational goalscoring exploits.
Salah lifted his goal tally in a remarkable debut season for the Merseysiders to 36 after scoring four times in his side’s 5-0 demolition of Watford on Saturday.
The Egyptian is the leading scorer in all competitions not only in England but in the major leagues in Europe as he continues to annihilate long-standing records at Liverpool and beyond.
But former Tottenham striker Crooks warned the Merseysiders that an mega offer is on the cards from Real Madrid as he noted the similarities between Salah’s exploits and Gareth Bale’s final season at Spurs.
“Everything this man touches seems to turn to gold,” Crooks wrote after naming Salah in his team of the week on the BBC Sport website. “Thirty-six goals in 41 appearances for Liverpool is quite extraordinary. Former Liverpool greats like Peter Thompson and Steve Highway never got anywhere near that return.
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“Liverpool fans may have to brace themselves, however, for an audacious bid from Real Madrid in the summer. This lad is having the same impact across Europe as Gareth Bale had in his final season at Tottenham. And we all know what happened after that.”
Football Insider verdict:
Salah’s extraordinary debut season at Liverpool has elevated him into the world’s top 10, a sensational achievement for a player who couldn’t get in the Chelsea team a few years ago. This is certain to have alerted Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, the clubs capable of prising Salah from Anfield just as Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho were. Liverpool’s best hope of hanging on to the Egyptian during his peak years is continued success, both domestically and in Europe. If Salah’s ambitions can be satisfied at Liverpool – and Crook’s comparison with Bale five years ago is not especially relevant as Tottenham were not in the Champions League final eight – during a new golden era under Jurgen Klopp, then he won’t be going anywhere.