Jamie Carragher thinks it would “almost feel right” if Liverpool sold Eqypt international Mohamed Salah next summer amid interest from the Saudi Pro League.
Middle East outfit Al-Ittihad are showing serious interest in Salah and they had a £150m bid rejected for the Liverpool star before the English transfer window closed last week.
It has since been claimed that a £215m bid is being prepared for Salah before the Saudi Pro League transfer finishes on Thursday.
Salah penned a new Liverpool contract last year to commit himself to the Premier League giants until the end of the 2024/25 season.
Al-Ittihad’s interest in Salah came late in the transfer window so Liverpool would not have been left with enough time to recruit a suitable replacement if they accepted the initial £150m bid.
Club legend Carragher has now explained why he thinks it may suit “all parties” if Salah leaves Liverpool next summer.
“Of course [you can imagine life without Salah] as before you know it his contract will be up,” Carragher told talkSPORT.
“It’s less than two years now the season has started and he will be able to go on a free.
“I think the feeling among most Liverpool supporters is that we’ve maybe got him for one more season, rather let him go now at the start of a new season with no chance of bringing someone else in right away.
“And the fact that Liverpool have started well gives you hope that they make the top four. Could they really challenge (Manchester) City like they have done in the past? There’s still a big question mark above that.
“But I think for all parties it almost feels right next summer where Liverpool would get a substantial transfer fee, Liverpool would have Salah this season and give them a great opportunity of success, and then Liverpool have 12 months to think of someone – if there is anyone out there – who can replace him.”
Carragher also thinks Liverpool could use the Salah money to sign a new right winger and to “improve different areas” as well.
“I think it’s always difficult to replace players of that quality. What you have to try and do is think how can we improve – not just in that position but can we use those funds improving different areas as well?” Carragher added.
“So, Liverpool have different areas they can improve on, it would be difficult to get rid of Mo Salah straight away but great players come, great players go and you’ve got to move on.”