Mohamed Salah has already cemented his Liverpool legacy, of that there can be no doubt. But leading the Reds to an unprecedented quadruple this season would be a fitting way for the Egyptian to bow out at Anfield.
It remains to be seen where the 29-year-old’s future lies as his contract stand-off rumbles on. Liverpool are yet to offer Salah the deal he evidently craves – one rumoured to include wages around £400,000-a-week – however, it may the case that the club will never be able to satisfy his demands. Especially if a quadruple is completed over the coming months.
Having already won the Champions League, Premier League and League Cup (not to mention the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup) with the Reds, Salah could be forgiven for aiming his ambitions elsewhere. Although he may currently be at the peak of his powers, at 29, the free-scoring forward must evaluate his career goals.
Salah clearly has – and always will have – an affinity to Liverpool, an unbreakable attachment to the club’s adoring supporters and a legacy which will live long in the club’s illustrious folklore. But he must be pondering what’s in store over the next few years.
Needless to say there is interest abroad and the option to embark on a new challenge elsewhere. Barcelona appear increasingly intent on luring the Egyptian to the Spanish capital, while the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid are also believed to be keeping a watchful eye over proceedings at Anfield.
Salah must acknowledge there is an opportunity to create history elsewhere – to endear himself to a different fanbase, to experience a different culture and to target different aims. But before a new chapter can potentially be written, this current one needs finishing.
With the League Cup already in the cabinet, Jurgen Klopp’s side have three more avenues to pursue this season. The Reds remain well in the hunt to land at least one of the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, however you wouldn’t put it past them to scoop all three.
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Should they do so, don’t be surprised to see Salah say his Anfield farewells. The forward has played an integral role in the Liverpool’s renaissance over recent years and few could begrudge him for moving on should he seek to head elsewhere if history is made in the form of all four honours this season.
Perhaps even lifting the FA Cup to complete the silverware set would be enough to signal the end of Salah’s Liverpool stint and see him chase some dreams of a different kind. Having said that, the striker has himself previously stated his desire to remain at Anfield so there’s every chance that’s where he’ll be next season. Only time will tell.
One thing is for sure though: winning the quadruple would be a fitting end to Salah’s formidable Liverpool love affair.