Yes, it is still being talked about: Mohamed Salah to Real Madrid.
Why? Because even when things as a Liverpool fan on a Champions League semifinal high is ETB, life has a way of reminding us that E is actually TW. 39 goals and 13 assists in 44 competitive matches will elevate any player to the same breath as the likes of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as ignite the sort of manic transfer speculation that comes with keeping such lofty company. This is understandable.
Because of the prowess on the football pitch as the 25-year-old has shown—combined with plummeting expectations of anything resembling loyalty in the modern footballer—the Salah-to-Madrid stories continue to have legs despite all evidence to the contrary.
Liverpool boss, Jürgen Klopp himself has now been forced to confront rumours that even Ronaldo is pushing the Madrid board to lure the Egyptian King to the Spanish capital. Speaking with Bild recently, the German manager made a point to tackle the story head on:
“I know that Mo feels very comfortable here, and he knows that our style of play suits him very well, so I am not worried about a transfer,” the 50-year-old said.
The point is a valid one. The electric winger had had an excellent season at Roma prior to his move to Merseyside, with a return of 17 goals and 12 assists nothing to sniff at. However, one does not simply catapult oneself into the same end product stratosphere as two of the greatest players to kick a football simply as a result of personal development. The Klopp way suits Salah best, that’s why he was bought.
Pep Guardiola himself, prior to his expensively-assembled Manchester City’s side recent 3-0 demolition at Anfield, was the first to proclaim his opposite number to be “a master of buying players to play the way he needs.”
Klopp is confident that his star player realizes he fits here and Liverpool fans should know this as well. Nothing to see here folks.