Merson: Liverpool need to sell Roberto Firmino not Mo Salah

Date published: Saturday 13th March 2021 9:44 - Paul Okey

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If Liverpool want to sell someone, they should sell Roberto Firmino not Mo Salah.

That is the view of Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.

Salah’s reaction to his substitution in the defeat to Chelsea, plus the Reds’ slump in form has led to speculation the Egyptian could want out of Anfield.

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However, Merson says Liverpool would be foolish to allow their leading goalscorer to leave.

Writing in the The Daily Star, Merson stressed the importance of Salah, claiming he is “priceless to them”.

He continued: “He’s top scorer in the Premier League again playing on the wing, and how many chances has he missed to score even more?

“Plus, he’s doing it while they are struggling. I don’t see that he’s doing anything wrong. His goalscoring record speaks for itself.

“There’s lots of talk about him maybe leaving. But if you’re Liverpool, you don’t want to be losing Salah.

“Even if Jurgen Klopp wants to freshen things up, I wouldn’t freshen up by selling Salah. Roberto Firmino maybe. But not Salah.”

Salah’s disappointment at being taken off in the 1-0 defeat to the Blues was well documented. However, Merson said it was a natural reaction in the heat of battle and should not be misread as the sign of a player who wants away.

“I know he was upset the other day when Klopp took him off. And he had a right to be too. Liverpool needed a goal. You don’t take Salah off in that situation.

“If he really wants to leave, a club would find the money to buy him. But why would you leave Liverpool?

“When everybody’s fit again they will give anybody a game. I can’t see him going. I think he’ll be there next season.”


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