Mohamed Salah will follow Philippe Coutinho by leaving Liverpool for Spain, claims Ian Wright

Mohamed Salah has had a sensational season forArsenal legend Ian Wright believes Liverpool will struggle to hold onto Mohamed Salah this summer and believes the winger could follow Philippe Coutinho by moving to La Liga.

Salah’s scored 28 goals in 32 league appearances for the Reds this season, a sensational return in his debut campaign following a £36million move from Roma.

The Egyptian scored four in a 5-0 rout against Watford on Saturday and could be crowned PFA Player of the Year at the end of the season.

However, Wright believes Liverpool will have a fight on their hands to keep Salah and says Real Madrid are likely to come in for him.

Coutinho joined Barcelona in January (Picture: Getty)‘The major issue for them is whether he’ll continue to do so in a red shirt at Liverpool, or a white one as a Real Madrid Galactico,’ Wright told the Sun.

‘Salah’s displays for Liverpool have been phenomenal. It’s reaching the stage where it’s pointless making comparisons with heroes of the past because he’s outdoing them all.

‘And ironically it is his performances on Merseyside which could — and almost certainly will — give them a huge problem before too long. Are you telling me when the rebuilding begins at Real — and they need it — he won’t be at the top of their wanted list?

‘And while it’s blindingly obvious Liverpool will put up the fight of their lives to keep him — point out he’s contracted to 2022 with another deal in the offing — it’s a battle they will find hard to win.’

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Liverpool rejected a transfer request from Coutinho in the summer of 2017 but eventually granted the Brazilian his move to the Camp Nou in January.

Barcelona paid £142m for the former Inter Milan man and Liverpool, though unwilling to sell Salah, value the Egyptian at roughly the same.

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The incredible records Mohamed Salah could achieve this season

Mohamed Salah has been incredible this season (Getty)Mohamed Salah is enjoying a quite incredible debut season at Liverpool – that’s in no doubt.

The Egyptian has scored 36 goals in all competitions (28 in the Premier League) and at the weekend banged in four against Watford.

It means he’s matched Robbie Fowler’s record of 36 goals (achieved in 1995/96 in 53 games) for the most goals by a Liverpool player in the Premier League era.

He is already the most prolific debutant in Liverpool’s history having surpassed the 33 scored by Fernando Torres in 2007/08.

Mohamed Salah scored four for Liverpool at the weekend in a thumping win over Watford (Getty)At the weekend he also became the first Egyptian to score a Premier League hat-trick.

Mohamed Salah’s season so far…

Premier League goals: 28

Champions League goals: 7

FA Cup goals: 1

Total goals in all competitions: 36

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But with seven games remaining in the Premier League and Liverpool still involved in Europe there are many records for Salah still to break before the season is over…

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29 goals will equal Didier Drogba’s record for most goals by an African player.

Didier Drogba scored 29 Premier League goals during the 2009/10 season when Chelsea won the double (Getty)30 goals will see him join an elite group of just seven players to reach that tally in a Premier League season. Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Kevin Phillips, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez are those who he would join.

31 goals will equal most scored in a 38 game season – Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo share that record.

Luis Suarez was the last player to reach 31 goals, doing so in 2013/14 (Getty)34 goals will equal most ever scored in a Premier League season – Alan Shearer and Andy Cole reached the tally when it was a 42 game season.


In all competitions, Salah has scored 36 goals. He needs 47 to match Ian Rush’s record for the most goals scored by a Liverpool player in a single season.

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Salah is currently leading the race for the golden shoe, which recognises the most prolific scorer in Europe. He currently has 28 goals compared to 25 for second-placed Lionel Messi, which equates to 56 points to 50 in Uefa’s system used to define the top scorer. But while Salah leads, Messi has nine league games left in which to score compared to seven for the Liverpool player.

Salah now looks certain to win the Premier League golden boot, with him currently four goals clear of Harry Kane who is out injured for the next month. The next nearest contender is Sergio Aguero on 21 goals.

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Liverpool transfer target Alisson won’t sign new deal at Roma

Alisson is a target for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Roma goalkeeper Alisson will not sign a new deal at the club and is focused on the remainder of the season amid interest from Liverpool.

The Brazilian has emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and Jurgen Klopp has identified the 25-year-old as his first choice to become the club’s next no.1.

Alisson is valued at around £50million but Real Madrid have recently entered the race for the Brazil international and he’d favour a move to the Bernabeu over Anfield.

However, Alisson’s agent has directly responded to the Liverpool rumours and says the goalkeeper will wait until the summer before deciding his future.

Alisson is valued at around £50m (Picture: Getty)‘Alisson is certainly one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He loves Roma, 100 per cent,’ said Ze Maria Neis.

‘Will he sign a new contract? Now he is focused only in Serie A and on the Champions League.

‘We have a great relationship with Roma. We never spoke with Liverpool about him. Now Alisson only thinks in present time.

‘I don’t know how much he will cost. It depends about Roma and the transfer market.’

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Loris Karius has recently replaced Simon Mignolet as Liverpool’s first choice but Klopp is still unhappy with his choices.

The Reds have already tied up a deal for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and want a goalkeeper to complete their squad.

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Manchester United prepare £40m offer for Liverpool and Tottenham target Ryan Sessegnon

Man United, Liverpool and Tottenham have been linked with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are reportedly preparing a £40million offer for Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon.

Sessegnon, a World Cup winner with England U17, has caught the attention of a number of Premier League clubs after his stunning rise at Fulham.

Scoring 14 goals for the Championship high-flyers, Sessegnon has emerged as a target for Liverpool and Tottenham ahead of the summer transfer window.

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According to The Sun, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is keen to bring the youngster to Old Trafford after United scouts watched him in action in Fulham’s last three games.

Mourinho views Sessegnon, who made his professional debut in 2016, as a star of the future and an ideal left-sided option with Luke Shaw set to leave the club.

Shaw, like Sessegnon, was rated as one of the most promising English talents as a teenager but he has fallen out of favour at the Theatre of Dreams.

Sessegnon is enjoying a sensational season in the Championship (Picture: Getty)The former Southampton ace started Saturday’s FA Cup win over Brighton but was substituted off at half-time, despite United leading 1-0.

Mourinho was critical of Shaw after the game and was reportedly involved in a training ground bust-up with the player during the week.

Danny Rose, the Tottenham and England star, had been identified as a target by United but The Sun say Mourinho wants to go for Sessegnon instead.

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With Shaw’s United spell all-but over, Paul Scholes has urged the 22-year-old to resurrect his career elsewhere. He believes Tottenham would be a good fit for Shaw, who worked with Mauricio Pochettino at St Mary’s.

‘I still believe he could be the best in the world and in the summer he could go to Tottenham or somewhere and he could improve,’ Scholes told BT Sport.

‘I couldn’t see a difference between him and [Ashley] Young. I think sometimes, managers get in their head that there’s a player not for them.

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‘For me I think he could be brilliant but his manager will still find something wrong with him. It is disappointing because when Luke Shaw came you thought what a player that is and he could be the best.

‘It’s a relationship that come the summer will end. It keeps going on and on but he isn’t playing games.’

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Liverpool told to brace themselves for Real Madrid approach for Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah is arguably the best player in the Premier League (Getty)Liverpool can expect an approach for Mohamed Salah from Real Madrid this summer, predicts Garth Crooks.

The Egyptian has been sensational since joining from Roma last summer.

At the weekend he scored four against Watford to take his tally to 36 goals in 41 appearances for the Reds.

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Salah scored four of the goals in the 5-0 Premier League win over Watford (Getty)Crooks believes Real Madrid will try to prise Salah away from Anfield this summer, such is their habit for recruiting the best talent on the planet.

‘Everything this man touches seems to turn to gold. Thirty-six goals in 41 appearances for Liverpool is quite extraordinary. Former Liverpool greats like Peter Thompson and Steve Heighway never got anywhere near that return,’ Crooks told the BBC.

‘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.’

Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January (Getty)Liverpool, who bought Salah for £30million, could command a fee of at least £150m according to Tony Cottee.

‘[Philippe] Coutinho went for £146m and I think Liverpool would want a similar amount to even consider it [selling Salah],” Cottee told Sky Sports.

‘Even then, he has only just arrived at Liverpool, has had a fantastic season, so would he want to leave at the moment?

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‘Liverpool are looking to build and move things and if they can beat Man City, they will fancy themselves in the Champions League.

‘There’s a lot going on at the football club and I don’t think Mo Salah will want to leave but, if he did, I think they would want at least £150m for him.’

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Jordan Henderson reveals message he wrote on Mohamed Salah’s matchball

Mohamed Salah with the matchball after his four goals against Watford (Getty)Jordan Henderson has revealed he wrote a special message on Mohamed Salah’s matchball after the Liverpool striker’s four-goal performance against Watford.

Salah was sensational in the 5-0 Premier League win at Anfield as his incredible season continued.

The goals took his tally for the season to 36 in 41 games and it saw him become the outright top scorer in the Premier League with 28 goals.

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Salah was unstoppable (Getty)Salah left the pitch with the matchball and in the changing room, his team-mates added some messages.

‘Everyone did [signed] the ball for him,’ revealed Henderson.

‘I just kept it simple for him. I just said “Well done superstar”.’

Salah is now four goals ahead of Harry Kane in the Premier League top scorer charts (Getty)The four-goal haul was the first by a Liverpool player since Luis Suarez managed it in 2013. Understandably, it’s led to comparisons between the two players. However, Henderson says they are both brilliant in their own way.

‘They are both fantastic players in their own right and you can’t compare them. They are different players.

‘I know they score a lot of goals and both work hard off the ball but it is very difficult to make that comparison. They are both so good in their own right.

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‘Luis moved on to Barcelona and is doing fantastically well. He is a fantastic player who I was privileged to play with.

‘But Mo this season has been unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. He is doing it every week, without fail. He’s a great lad in the dressing room and to have around the place. He is a big plus to have in the team.’

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Liverpool and Real Madrid sent warning over £60m transfer target Alisson

Roma star Alisson has been linked with Liverpool and Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Roma insist they are ‘not thinking about selling their best players’ as goalkeeper Alisson continues to be linked with a summer move.

Liverpool and Real Madrid are among the clubs said to be interested in signing the Brazil international, who has flourished since joining Roma two years ago.

Alisson was strongly linked with a move from Serie A last summer – Liverpool explored the possibility of bringing him to Anfield while Real were keen to make him Keylor Navas’ replacement.

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While the 25-year-old ended up staying put, he looks set to be the subject of more speculation come the summer.

Roma value Alisson at over £60million and have told interested clubs that they are not currently considering selling any of their star players.

Speaking to Radio Rai, Roma CEO Umberto Gandini said: ‘We are not thinking about selling our best players.

Alisson helped Roma progress in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘Right now we are living a very important phase of our season. This club have always changed many players to improve.

‘The transfer window is dynamic, there big teams that change their identity to improve and not for economical reasons.’

Alisson, meanwhile, admitted this week that he was flattered to be linked with Real Madrid, telling Globoesporte: ‘Those links massage the ego, it cannot be denied.

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‘People get satisfaction from having recognition. I feel very happy to have that recognition.

‘It means that I am doing my job well, that they are watching me. ‘Even more so when one hears about Real Madrid.’

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Jurgen Klopp was said to be keen on signing a new first-choice goalkeeper last summer but his plans may have changed after Loris Karius’ impressive run in the side.

The 24-year-old German has replaced Simon Mignolet in-between the sticks, helping Liverpool climb to third in the Premier League and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Juventus chief discusses transfer plans for Jack Wilshere & Emre Can

Wilshere and Can have been linked with Juventus (Picture: Getty)Emre Can remains Juventus’ top summer target but their general manager Giuseppe Marotta would not rule out a move for Jack Wilshere, should they fail in their pursuit of the Liverpool man.

Both the Germany international and the Arsenal midfielder are out of contract in the summer and are free to negotiate an exit from the Premier League with foreign clubs.

Arsenal and Liverpool remain keen to keep them, but Italian giants Juventus are thought to be keen on securing a cut-price deal.

However, the Serie A outfit are more keen on landing the Liverpool central midfielder, who is their top summer target.

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When asked about their interest in Wilshere, Marotta told ANSA: ‘It is well-known that we are concentrating on Emre Can, who will have to give us an answer.

‘He will be the first goal if he shows interest.

‘Otherwise, we will have to move to other targets.’

Can recently claimed that he is uninterested in sorting out his future before the end of the season and denied talk that he’d already agreed to join Juventus.

‘Of course I have to think about my footballing future,’ he said.

Can is a wanted man (Picture: Getty)‘I haven’t signed for any other club, I’m just focused on this season.

‘We want to finish in second place in the Premier League, we’re in the Champions League quarter-finals and we want to progress.

‘That’s all I’m focused on now. My agent has blocked all negotiations, I’m thinking only of football.’

Wilshere, meanwhile, is unimpressed by Arsenal offering him a pay-cut and has been offered an £8million signing on fee to join Everton.

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Mohamed Salah apologised to Watford’s goalkeeper after scoring four times in crushing Liverpool win

Mohamed Salah scored four times in Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Watford on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah proved he was a genuine class act by apologising to Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis after scoring four times in Saturday’s 5-0 win at Anfield.

The Egypt international forged ahead of the injured Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot, scoring twice in each half, and providing the assist for Roberto Firmino’s expertly taken goal.

Salah has now scored 36 goals in all competitions this season, surpassing Fernando Torres’ record for a Liverpool player in their debut season.

Rather than reveling in another stunning achievement, Salah thanked his teammates after the match, but not before embracing and apologising to the hapless Watford keeper, who also conceded to the 25-year-old when Udinese lost 4-0 against Roma back in August 2016.

‘He loves scoring. He’s a fantastic boy to be honest,’ said Salah’s manager Jurgen Klopp after the match.

‘It was very pleasing. It could have been really difficult tonight.

‘We knew we had to be spot on from the first to the last second and our work rate had to be higher than 100%.

‘The goals we scored were unbelievably good, and the boys didn’t stop. That’s how football should be, so I’m really happy with the performance.’

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Jurgen Klopp mocks Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after Mohamed Salah scores four goals to crush Watford

Jurgen Klopp’s side crush Watford 5-0 at Anfield on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists there will be ‘no parking the bus’ when Liverpool take on Manchester City in the Champions League quarter finals.

Klopp’s side and the runaway Premier League leaders qualified comfortably for the last eight after resounding aggregate victories over Porto and Basel respectively.

Manchester United, meanwhile, were dumped out of the competition by unfancied Sevilla in midweek and were heavily criticised for being too negative over the course of both legs.

Klopp watched his rampant Liverpool side crush Watford 5-0 at Anfield on Saturday with Mohame Salah scoring four times.

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Mohamed Salah now has 36 goals in all competitions this season after scoring four times against Watford (Picture: Getty)City will start next month’s tie as favourites but Klopp claims neutral’s will be in for a treat regardless of the result, with neither side likely to replicate the safety first tactics which yielded the most disappointing result of Mourinho’s United reign to date.

‘Man City knows it’s not gonna be easy, said Klopp. ‘For football fans they are going to be two fantastic games.

‘There’ll be no bus parking, both teams will go!’

On Liverpool and Salah’s display against Watford, Klopp added: ‘He loves scoring. He’s a fantastic boy to be honest.

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‘It was very pleasing. It could have been really difficult tonight.

‘We knew we had to be spot on from the first to the last second and our work rate had to be higher than 100%.

‘The goals we scored were unbelievably good, and the boys didn’t stop. That’s how football should be, so I’m really happy with the performance.

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