Liverpool will inevitably face the question of how to replace Mohamed Salah in the near future. The Egyptian star isn’t getting any younger, and recent developments have shown that Saudi Arabia is keen to lure him to their new league as a marquee player.
Considering that Salah’s contract expires in just two years, the optimal time to sell him might be next summer. By then, Salah will be 32 years old, having hopefully achieved more records with Liverpool, and could leave Anfield on a high note.
However, replacing Salah won’t be a simple task. While the club could receive a substantial sum from Saudi Arabia, finding a like-for-like replacement is nearly impossible. Few players worldwide possess Salah’s caliber, and those who do come with a hefty price tag.
Nonetheless, Liverpool may have a viable strategy for next summer if they decide to part ways with Salah. Employing a Moneyball approach, the club could sign multiple players whose combined contributions match Salah’s output. This not only fills the void but also strengthens the squad.
One player who could enter the conversation as a potential replacement is a rising talent following in the footsteps of Ryan Gravenberch and Dominik Szoboszlai. Xavi Simons, now with RB Leipzig, has been impressing as a right-winger.
Simons has made a remarkable start, with two goals and three assists in three Bundesliga games, averaging a goal or assist every 46 minutes. Previously, he showcased his talents at PSV Eindhoven, contributing to 34 goals in 48 games last season.
While primarily a left-sided player at PSV, Simons has adapted well to the right wing at Leipzig. This versatility aligns with Liverpool’s preference for wingers who can cut in on their stronger foot, much like Salah. Simons, although right-footed, is comfortable with his left and has already demonstrated his goal-scoring ability.
With the ability to play centrally and on the left, Simons could offer Jurgen Klopp tactical flexibility. Given Liverpool’s history of dealings with Leipzig, pursuing a move for Simons might not pose significant obstacles.
This makes Simons an intriguing candidate, and Liverpool’s scouts could already be considering him for the future.