Chelsea’s chances of re-signing Mohamed Salah have been rubbished with Liverpool firm in their stance that the forward will not sold in the summer transfer window. Salah’s has been Jurgen Klopp’s most productive player this term with 29 goals and five assists in 47 matches and is a massive asset to the club.
The Egypt international has been a revelation at Anfield since a £37million switch from Roma in 2017, producing 169 direct goal contributions in 199 matches.
Salah is just eight goals away from overtaking Sam Raybould’s 130 goals to enter the top 10 in Liverpool’s all-time top scorers list.
The latest contribution came when he supplied the cross for Sadio Mane’s header in Saturday night’s 2-0 Premier League win over Southampton to keep Liverpool’s top-four hopes alive.
Salah went into that match against the Saints with speculation about his Merseyside future once again swirling however.
Having been heavily linked with a prospective future move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, Salah fanning the flames of a possible La Liga switch himself in multiple interviews throughout this season, it was a surprise return to Chelsea that was mooted this time around.
The 28-year-old managed just 19 appearances and two goals at Stamford Bridge earlier in his career between 2014 and 2016, before going out on loan to Fiorentina and Roma and eventually joining the latter permanently.
It was claimed by German outlet Bild though that Thomas Tuchel had placed Salah on a shortlist of attacking targets alongside Borussia Dortmund frontman Erling Haaland and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, another former Chelsea player.
Yet The Athletic say there is no chance of Liverpool selling such a vital player to a direct rival.
Chelsea look likely to secure Champions League qualification this term and have also reached the Champions League final and FA Cup final.
Tuchel’s charges are planning to put themselves in the Premier League title mix with Manchester City next term while Liverpool, the current champions, will also hope to be involved after a disappointing albeit injury-interrupted title defence.
Salah will be key for Liverpool if they are to restore their status as title challengers having scored 20 Premier League goals in three separate seasons, even this season although standards have slipped on the pitch elsewhere.
The Egyptian is the first Reds player ever to manage that feat with only Tottenham’s Harry Kane (21) scoring more in the league than Salah this term.
The Athletic insists as a result there is ‘absolutely zero chance’ of Salah joining Chelsea this summer because Liverpool have no plans to sell him whatsoever, let alone to another Premier League club.
It is added that Chelsea will know it is practically ‘impossible’ for them to prise the prolific attacker from Anfield.
Liverpool are desperately hoping they will have Champions League football next season and Salah has admitted being without it would hurt the squad.
He said to Sky Sports: “It’s sad for us, it’s not great to not see us in the Champions League next season. I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s so hard.”
But Klopp is hopeful of keeping his squad together even if they finish outside of the top four for the first time since 2015-16.
Speaking back in February after Salah had done an interview hailing Real Madrid and Barcelona as “two top clubs” and admitting he does not know where his long-term future lies, Klopp insisted he wants the player to stay at Liverpool for “a very long time”.
“Especially in Mo’s case, the numbers speak for themselves,” the German said. “Mo is not only a goalscorer, he has developed as a footballer as well.
“He is a very, very important player for us and hopefully he will be that for a very long time of course.”
Two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner Salah is under contract until 2023 and has yet to hold talks with Liverpool about an extension.
He added to Sky Sports: “No one is talking to me about that, so I can’t say much about that. No one in the club is talking to me about anything so I do not know.”
Salah meanwhile will hope to add to his goal tally in Liverpool’s final four matches of the season, starting against bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Klopp has admitted his side are likely to have to win all of their final four games, against United, West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace, in order to clinch fourth spot and Champions League football for next year.