Mohamed Salah would ‘do Liverpool dirty’ by leaving for Saudi Arabia – and it would be ‘scandalous’ if he’s allowed to leave them in the lurch, says Chris Sutton on It’s All Kicking Off
- Liveprool star Salah has been heavily linked with a move Saudi side Al-Ittihad
- Former Premier League winner Sutton believe it would be a ‘scandal’ if he leaves
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By Nick Emms For Mailonline
Mohamed Salah has been heavily linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League with Al-Ittihad attempting to pry the Egyptian away from Liverpool this summer.
Many have had their say on the potential transfer, which would surely harm the Premier League, as Salah has been one of the standout players in England since his arrival six years ago from AS Roma.
Speaking on the brand new Mail Sport podcast ‘It’s All Kicking Off‘, former Premier League player and co-host Chris Sutton believes that it would be ‘scandalous’ if the forward decided to leave Liverpool with just days to go in the transfer window.
He began: ‘My thoughts are Mo Salah cannot leave Liverpool at this time to go to Saudi. Just based on the timing of it.
‘We’re a couple of days now to the end of the window. I think that would be scandalous if Mo Salah decided to leave and leave Liverpool in the lurch.
Mohamed Salah has been heavily linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League this summer
Al-Ittihad were believed to be ‘confident’ that Salah wanted out of Liverpool this summer
Salah would follow the likes of former team-mate Fabinho (right) and N’Golo Kante (left) if he made the switch
Chris Sutton believes Salah would ‘leave Liverpool in the lurch’ if he left this late in the window
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‘Now, if this was a deal which was in the pipeline a month, five, six weeks ago, do you know what? I’d understand it.’
Sutton continued to state that Salah leaving Liverpool now would be an insult to Jurgen Klopp after the German has shown loyalty to his forward.
He said: ‘But I think if he did that, he would, I mean, that would be a real slap across the face for Jurgen Klopp, a guy who actually turned Mo Salah into the world-class player, which he is, a guy who has shown great loyalty to Salah, and I get Salah’s shown great loyalty to Liverpool, but I feel Mo Salah owes Jurgen Klopp one as well.’
Sutton continued to predict that Liverpool could challenge at the top end of the Premier League if they are to keep their star.
‘Mo Salah still has a lot to offer for Liverpool, and Liverpool are a better team with Mo Salah in it, and Liverpool can maybe challenge Manchester City if Mo Salah stays,’ he said.
‘So I think Mo Salah owes it to Liverpool’.
The Reds mounted an impressive comeback against Newcastle United after Virgil van Dijk was sent off for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Sutton added: ‘I think that’s a big thing, he’s on £350,000 pounds a week. That’s a lot of money, that’s an absolute fortune.
Chris Sutton believes that Salah owes it to Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp to stay this summer
Salah got a late assist for Liverpool against Newcastle as the Reds mounted a comeback
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‘But if he turned his back on Liverpool right now, it wouldn’t leave Jurgen Klopp enough time to get an adequate replacement if there is such a thing to replace Mo Salah.
‘And that would be where, you know, he cannot do the dirty on Liverpool. That would be an absolute scandal.’
Liverpool will be hoping to keep their star man for the season, with Klopp’s side holding high hopes in the Premier League after an impressive start.
Salah got a late assist for Darwin Nunez as they completed the most unlikely turnaround at St James’ Park – after dropping to ten men just before the 30 minute mark at 1-0 down following Virgil van Dijk’s red card.
Sutton said: ‘He cannot do Liverpool dirty, it would be an absolute scandal.’
With the transfer window slamming shut on Friday, Klopp’s side would have little time to find a replacement for their star man.
It remains to be seen as to whether Salah will remain a Premier League player by the time the transfer window closes.