Robbie Fowler believes Liverpool should “cash in” on Mo Salah if the Egyptian wants to leave Anfield this summer.
Salah has been Liverpool’s go-to man since arriving nearly four years ago, but rumours of interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona have led to suggestions he could be on his way out.
And Fowler says his former club shouldn’t stand in his way should he wish to leave.
He told the Mirror: “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.”
Fowler believes Klopp could treat Salah in the same way as Philippe Coutinho.
Fowler added: “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.
“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.
“I’m a fan of Salah, obviously, who wouldn’t be? But Liverpool didn’t miss Coutinho that much, did they?”
After Salah was taken off on the hour mark in the 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea, his agent – Ramy Abass Issa – put out a cryptic tweet of just a full stop.
On the cryptic tweet, Fowler said: “Mo Salah’s agent knew what he was doing when he tweeted that full stop after the game on Thursday. I saw it and straight away I thought, ‘Here comes trouble’.
“He can dress it up however he wants now, but, as the agent of a high-profile player, you know that anything you say is scrutinised forensically and anything cryptic like that can be interpreted in sinister ways.
“I’ve not got a clue what he meant, but it was clearly pointed.”