It is needless to say that Liverpool could be in danger of losing at least one of their superstars next summer, with several top dogs in Europe ready to raid the Merseyside giants. Mohamed Salah is the likeliest player to depart Anfield, with many experts believing that the Egyptian may leave at the end of the season.
Salah’s potential departure will serve as a massive blow for Liverpool. And in this article, we will discuss three players the Reds could target as a potential long-term replacement for the ex-Chelsea sensation.
Liverpool are actively monitoring the progress of David Neres this season. The Brazilian starlet was one of Ajax’s top performers last season as they reached the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League while securing the Dutch Eredivisie title.
Neres, despite a relatively slow start to this campaign, is rated as one of the most talented wingers in Europe. His pace and willingness to take on defenders make him a dangerous component in the attack. Additionally, the 22-year-old has a knack for scoring goals – making him almost an identical clone of Salah.
Not only that but Neres is also young and can be a smart long-term investment for the Reds. However, he is likely to cost a fortune given the success he has had at such a young age.
In all honesty, Wilfried Zaha was a bit unlucky not to seal a move to a top Premier League this summer. The ex-Manchester United starlet certainly deserved that after a brilliant second spell at Crystal Palace.
Indeed, Zaha has been one of the league’s most consistent attackers over the past few seasons. His dribbling prowess coupled with his pace makes him a scourge for the opposing defenders, especially on the counter.
Besides, Zaha is known for his tenacity and work-rate, which tunes in well with Jurgen Klopp’s Gegenpressing philosophy at Liverpool. After failing to secure a move away from Selhurst Park, the winger’s overall value could decrease next summer – making him an excellent target for the European champions.
Speaking of work-rate, Jadon Sancho may not be the most hard-working attacker in the world. But, he is arguably the best option for Liverpool in their bid to replace Salah.
A product of the Manchester City youth academy, Sancho has enjoyed immense success in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. His ability to create chances in the final third along with his quick feet makes him an ideal attacker for any tactical setup.
What makes Sancho such a great option for Liverpool is his technical prowess. The England international is capable of creating a telepathic connection with his teammates and breach the opposing defence with quick one-touch football – exactly what Liverpool’s trio of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are doing right now.
Besides, Sancho has played in England before, albeit in the youth leagues. At the age of 19, he is the youngest player on this list. However, Sancho is likely to cost Liverpool a lot of money given his current form in the Bundesliga.