The sound of silence? Mohamed Salah posts cryptic social media picture with no caption as Al-Ittihad try and lure the Liverpool star to Saudi Arabia with audacious £200m bid
- Al-Ittihad are expected to test Liverpool’s resolve with £200m Salah bid
- They want the Egyptian forward to become the poster boy of the Pro League
- Liverpool insist Salah won’t be sold at any cost with team-mates sure he’ll stay
Mohamed Salah has taken to social media as speculation swirls about his Liverpool future – but it was just the sound of silence from the Egyptian.
Al-Ittihad are racing to seal an audacious £200million swoop for the forward and have the advantage of the Saudi Pro League transfer window not closing until Thursday.
Salah posted a photograph of himself celebrating his goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa on Sunday but – cryptically – offered no caption to accompany it.
Despite Salah’s Anfield team-mates insisting he was committed to Liverpool after the game, Al-Ittihad could yet further test the club’s resolve to keep him.
The Reds have already rejected an offer of £150m last week but that hasn’t deterred the Saudi club, who have already signed Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Liverpool’s Fabinho this summer.
Mohamed Salah has taken to social media but given nothing away about his Liverpool future with an uncaptioned post on his X account – amid speculation over a £200m Saudi move
Salah scored Liverpool’s third goal as they eased to victory over Aston Villa on Sunday
Liverpool and their manager Jurgen Klopp insist Salah won’t be moving to Al-Ittihad
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Salah scored Liverpool’s third of the afternoon in a comfortable win over Villa, after Dominik Szoboszlai set them on their way and Matty Cash put through his own net.
Afterwards, Andy Robertson insisted he is not concerned about Salah, 31, leaving in the closing few days of the Saudi window.
The Scot said: ‘For us we block that out, Mo blocks it out. We let other people talk about that.
‘For us there is no concern. For us Mohamed Salah is a Liverpool player and we believe that is what is going to be the case for the foreseeable future.
‘Our squad is what it is and that’s the squad that is going to go forward now with the window shut. It is about getting the most out of the squad, it is about looking forward to the season ahead and trying to do better than what we did last season.
‘He’s the ultimate professional. He does what it does, he is one of the best players in the world and he is professional. He lets other people do the talking, lets other people say what they have to say, but he’s always been committed to Liverpool and you saw that with this performance.
‘He’s not been affected, I’ve been around him a lot and he’s not been affected by anything. Mo has reacted in the best way possible and I think you have seen that with his performance, I think he was pretty special.’
Szoboszlai also expressed his confidence that Salah would still be a Liverpool player at the end of the week.
Robertson (right) says Salah is the ‘ultimate professional’ and believes he will remain at Anfield for the ‘foreseeable future’
Salah (right) scored Liverpool’s third goal in a comfortable 3-0 victory against Aston Villa
‘He wants to stay here,’ said Szoboszlai. ‘He wants to be here, he wants to stay with us. At the end, he stayed and that’s great news. He’s a top player.’
Klopp bizarrely denied that Salah had told the squad he wanted to stay, but the manager added: ‘No. He didn’t tell me, but he didn’t have to. He speaks with his training and performances and behaviour. He is completely here and if Dom said that, fine.
‘Mo doesn’t have to come into my office and tell me, ‘By the way, boss… (I’m not going)’.’
The Saudi window is open until Thursday and Al Ittihad were expected to further test Liverpool’s resolve but asked if the club’s position stays the same, Klopp simply said: ‘Yup.’
Salah, who scored 30 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, is part of the club’s leadership group and signed a new three-year contract last summer, which made him the highest-paid player in Liverpool history.
Al-Ittihad have already signed N’Golo Kante (left), Karim Benzema (right) and Fabinho (back), the latter from Liverpool, this summer
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