“Mohamed Salah Inks Deal, Completing January Transfer – Liverpool’s Season Looks Like a Dream Scenario”
“The new season has kicked off positively for Liverpool, especially on the field. Summer signings Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai have integrated seamlessly, while Ryan Gravenberch is demonstrating potential as a long-term asset for the Reds.
Wataru Endō, as anticipated, has faced some challenges initially, but his presence adds valuable depth to Liverpool’s midfield, which was depleted by departures. He could play a crucial role in the team’s pursuit of success in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions, offering the best opportunities for silverware this season.
Manchester City remains the frontrunner for the Premier League title, a position they’ve held in recent years. However, the current Premier League standings, though only eight games in, place Liverpool in the top four, trailing Tottenham by just three points at the summit. A twist of fate prevented these positions from being reversed, thanks to a VAR controversy.”
While things are currently progressing well, there’s still work to be done at Anfield to ensure the long-term success of Liverpool. In this regard, Liverpool.com has examined the key off-pitch areas that need attention before the end of the season.
Mohamed Salah’s Contract:
A significant decision looms for Liverpool concerning Mohamed Salah. With just a year left on his record-breaking 2022 contract, two options present themselves. Liverpool can either capitalize on his value by selling him, potentially to a club in Saudi Arabia, and use the funds to bolster the squad in the summer, or they can negotiate a contract extension with Salah. The latter seems to be the optimal solution for both parties, especially considering Salah’s peak performance and the persistent interest from the Saudi Pro League.
With Joël Matip’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Liverpool already facing defensive shortages, securing another center-back is becoming a top priority, despite the emergence of Jarell Quansah and the high regard for Luke Chambers. Additionally, Liverpool’s search for a left-sided defender during the summer didn’t yield the ideal candidate, and identifying a world-class number six to bolster the midfield (essentially replacing Moisés Caicedo and Aurélien Tchouaméni) is the next pressing concern. Acquiring a new defender in January, six months before Matip’s potential departure, would be a wise move.
Jürgen Klopp’s Contract Extension:
While Jürgen Klopp has already committed to leading Liverpool until 2026, there might be room for another contract extension. He appears to be relishing his role at the moment and has referred to the current year as “Year One” of his new Liverpool project. This suggests that the 2025/26 season would mark the third year of Liverpool 2.0, making it seem premature to leave the project after just three seasons.
New Sporting Director Appointment:
Jörg Schmadtke oversaw much of this summer’s transfer activities, with Julian Ward contributing before his departure. However, a more permanent solution is needed in the long term. German outlet BILD has suggested former RB Leipzig chief Max Eberl as a potential option for Liverpool, but Bayern Munich is also interested. It would be beneficial to have a clear direction for the role in the coming years, and Eberl presents an intriguing candidate.
Anfield Road End Expansion:
Liverpool recently announced a delay in the latest Anfield expansion project, with the Anfield Road stand partially open until 2024. This delay has left fans disappointed, as they will miss out on matches they had anticipated attending. The sooner the project is completed and the stadium’s capacity is restored to 100% (around 61,000, up from the previous 54,000), the better. However, there is still significant progress to be made, particularly after the initial contractor went bankrupt, causing work to stall and preventing the stand from opening as planned.