Liverpool great Craig Johnston said Jurgen Klopp’s Reds cannot afford to lose goalscoring sensation Mohamed Salah amid links to Real Madrid.
Salah has enjoyed a breathtaking maiden campaign, the former Roma forward endearing himself to the Anfield faithful with 44 goals in all competitions this season.
The Egyptian star scored a record 32 Premier League goals to scoop the Golden Boot, while he also claimed the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season.
Salah’s exploits, however, have not gone unnoticed with European champions Madrid – Liverpool’s opponents in Saturday’s Champions League final – reportedly interested in the 25-year-old.
Former Liverpool midfielder Johnston, who won five league titles, the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield during his time on Merseyside between 1981-88, said it is vital the club keep hold of Salah, having already lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014 and Philippe Coutinho in January.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 18, 2018
“Liverpool have to keep Salah,” the 57-year-old Australian said in an interview with Omnisport.
“You can’t lose Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and then lose Mo Salah.
“A lot of people in Liverpool are in love with that man, men and women, and kids and babies. We’re all in love with him. If the love of our life gets dragged away to another family before we’ve seen them grow up properly, you get annoyed.
“Salah cannot possibly leave Liverpool.”
goals and in full flight…
Our Red Arrows this season. pic.twitter.com/UwA1Z4Fowb
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 18, 2018
Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League this term, two points behind third-placed Tottenham but 25 points adrift of record-breaking champions Manchester City.
The Reds have already signed Naby Keita from German side RB Leipzig, while more arrivals are expected on Merseyside.
And Johnston believes Liverpool – with the help of some new faces – will challenge for domestic honours in 2018-19.
Johnston said: “I’m shocked and delighted to see them in the Champions League final and I’m delighted to see them fourth in the league – 100 per cent they’re on track.
“No one is leaving. This squad has to be bolstered because I think the Scouse community has had enough of people picking off our best players. Enough already.
“We’re on track and the train is moving forward. We have to win as many Champions Leagues as Real Madrid.”
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