Liverpool urged to SELL Mohamed Salah in order to raise funds this summer and ‘produce a stronger team’ as David James claims Jurgen Klopp’s side ‘play BETTER’ without Egyptian
- Mohamed Salah just missed out on the Premier League Golden Boot this season
- But once again, he finished as Liverpool’s top scorer with 31 goals overall
- Despite this, David James believes Liverpool should cash in on the Egyptian
- James insists Liverpool’s ‘fluidity is compromised by Salah’ up front
Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James has urged Jurgen Klopp to cash in on star man Mohamed Salah this summer in order to raise funds to build a better side.
Salah once again finished as Liverpool’s top scorer this season with 31 goals in all competitions, and he just missed out on the Premier League Golden Boot to Harry Kane.
In what was a rather turbulent campaign for Liverpool in which they relinquished their Premier League crown, Salah continued to deliver the goods up front when his team were up against it.
David James believes now is the perfect chance for Liverpool to sell Mohamed Salah
But despite another brilliant record in front of goal, James insists now is the best time to sell Salah and compared the Egyptian’s situation to Sergio Aguero’s at Manchester City – claiming Liverpool’s balance up front would be better without him.
‘The idea of them spending mega millions is very unlikely, I think they’re going to have to shift players out,’ James, who played 277 times for the Reds, told Stadium Astro.
‘In my eyes, he might be second in the Golden Boot running, but I think Liverpool play better without Salah.
‘And the opportunity for Liverpool to cash in on Salah, Jota naturally fits into that front three, Firmino gets more freedom arguably, and Liverpool have a new dynamic up front rather than what seems to be a reliance on Salah’s goals.’
When asked specifically if he would offload Salah, James responded: ‘Yeah, I’d do it now. This is not about Mo Salah not being a good player – his goal record speaks for itself.
Salah once again finished Liverpool’s top scorer this season, with 31 goals in all competitions
‘Similar statistics to someone like Aguero where Pep Guardiola can look at Man City and not need Aguero. I think Jurgen Klopp and the way he has developed this side, Salah has become more of a focal point than that front three from seasons before.
‘I think Liverpool’s fluidity is compromised by Salah, even though he scored. Tottenham’s another one, top goalscorers tend to not win leagues. I think they could cash in on him [Salah] and produce a stronger team.’
While no immediate exit for Salah appears in the pipeline, the forward has previously flirted with a move to Spain on a couple of occasions.
The Egyptian forward stunned the Reds last December when he admitted he would be open to joining LaLiga giants Real Madrid or Barcelona.
And once again in March this year, during an interview with Marca, Salah did admit it is possible that he could leave Anfield for a move to Spain in the future.
The ex-Liverpool goalkeeper claims Jurgen Klopp’s attack ‘play better’ without the Egyptian
Salah, whose contract at Anfield expires in the summer of 2023, has written his name into Liverpool’s history books thanks to his goalscoring heroics.
The 28-year-old has scored an incredible 125 goals in just 203 appearances for Liverpool, playing an integral role as the club secured their first ever Premier League title in 2019-20 and lifted the Champions League in 2019.
Liverpool meanwhile are set to dip into the transfer market in their bid to reclaim dominance in the Premier League.
Klopp’s side are set to complete the transfer of Ibrahima Konate from Red Bull Leipzig after agreeing to meet his £40million release clause.
They are also in the hunt for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, who has shone in the heart of midfield for Graham Potter’s side.
Ibrahima Konate (right) is on the verge of joining Liverpool after they met his £40m buyout
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