By Kevin Phillips

6th Feb, 2022 | 6:00pm

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool could sign 'unbelievable' 20-year-old from rivals to replace superstar - Phillips

Kevin Phillips has claimed Liverpool could sign a long-term successor for Mohamed Salah in Arsenal star Bukayo Saka.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 20-year-old has the “attributes” and “qualities” to emulate the Egyptian star’s sensational form at Anfield.

As reported by ESPN on Wednesday (3 February), Liverpool could launch a move for Saka this summer if Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The winger will have just a year left on his contract come the end of the season.

Phillips insisted Saka has proven himself as an “unbelievable talent” already.

He suggested, with the right guidance and development, he could step into Salah’s boots at Anfield.

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Phillips told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think he’ll get better and better, Saka. He’s still a young kid, he’s done a lot already in his short career.

“I think he’s an unbelievable talent and I think, moulded in the right way, he’ll turn out to be a top-class player.

“Whether he can go to Liverpool, if that was to happen, could he emulate what Salah’s done? It’d be very, very difficult for any player to do that.

“But he’s certainly got the attributes and qualities that he possibly could join Liverpool and replace Salah. Let’s not forget, Salah didn’t tear it up early on at Chelsea.

“For Saka, he’s developing all the time.”

Saka already has 114 appearances under his belt for Arsenal, as well as 14 caps for England.

He has featured in every single one of the Gunners’ Premier League games this season, with six goals and four assists to his name.

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