Paul Ince: Salah would be foolish to leave Liverpool right now
Thanks to his current fantastic form that led him to score 36 goals in all competitions this season with Liverpool, Mohamed Salah has been multiply linked to Real Madrid throughout the season, with Los Merengues seems serious about making an attempt to lure the Egypt international next summer.
Salah’s sparkling form has continued as he recently scored for the Egyptian national team against Portugal in a friendly game that ended in a late 2-1 defeat for the Pharaohs.
“Mohamed Salah would be foolish to leave Liverpool right now,” Paul Ince told Paddy Power. “He’s in a place which is the perfect fit for him.”
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s always going to be tough when the big boys come calling,” he added. “It’s hard to ignore Real Madrid or Barcelona – as we saw with Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez. But I believe Salah should sit tight.”
The former Blackpool coach believes that Liverpool are evolving as they are achieving better results in the Premier League and doing a great job in the Champions League.
“If Salah sits tight and enjoys the ride, he could find himself on a trophy-winning team next season, where he would be the star man.”You’ve seen how poorly Alexis Sanchez has handled the transition to Man United, or even Paul Pogba’s return. It can be a real struggle for some players to handle the move.
“It’s a credit to Salah how easy he’s made the switch look, but moving to a so-called ‘bigger club’ might not be what he had in mind,” he said.
Ince argues that Salah’s young age should give him a good advantage and that the Egyptian must first enjoy playing football. He thinks that playing at Liverpool will give Salah the freedom to play exactly how he wants.
“He could end up regretting throwing that away, and potentially being sat on another team’s bench,” he added. “Salah shouldn’t be compared to Messi – yet.”
“I have seen a lot of discussion though, comparing him to Lionel Messi or saying he’s on the same level as a Liverpool legend. You just can’t go around saying that yet.
“It’s only been a season, but if he proves he’s at this level consistently for another couple of years, then you can start to say it.
“He’s had a phenomenal season, but to be one of Anfield’s best ever, you need to keep reproducing that form,” Ince concluded.
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