Monday Mar 08, 2021. 16:00
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes the club should let Mohamed Salah go if that is what the Egypt international wants.
Salah, 28, continues to be linked with a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid and the winger himself has refused to rule out a future transfer to Spain.
In what could unravel to be a similar situation that the Reds experienced with Philippe Coutinho, Fowler wants the Premier League holders to be proactive in their decision making.
“If the player is agitating for a move, let him go,” Fowler wrote in The Mirror as quoted by Liverpool Echo.
“I’m not having a go at Salah. I love him to bits. But I truly believe that transfers now are largely about what players want, so the ball is in his court, not Liverpool’s.
“If he wants to go, then he should go. If a player wants to leave, we have to accept it’s in the mix.
“I’m a firm believer that if they are unhappy and want to be going, then they should be going. Jurgen Klopp has said the same, too – he doesn’t want anyone at the club who doesn’t want to be there.
“It is my belief that was his attitude with Philippe Coutinho. He agitated for a move. Liverpool turned it down in the summer because it didn’t suit them financially and in terms of bringing players in.
“But they did the deal in January, and used the money to buy Virgil van Dijk and Alisson.
Fowler added: “Klopp didn’t want Coutinho because he thought his attitude wasn’t right, and he didn’t want that poison in his camp in the end.
“So if Salah is truly unhappy, if he is upset he hasn’t been given a new contract or whatever, then cash in, get as much as you can for him and use the money to make tweaks with the current team.”
Salah, who currently has two years left on his Liverpool contract, has scored 118 goals in 190 appearances for the Premier League club.