Salah’s future depends on Lewandowski’s move from Barça, says Liverpool legend Barnes

Salah’s future depends on Lewandowski’s move from Barça, says Liverpool legend Barnes

Mohamed Salah’s future could depend on Barcelona’s attempts to sign Robert Lewandowski, according to former Liverpool star John Barnes, with the Reds forward linked to a move to Camp Nou.

Salah scored 31 goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions for Liverpool last season as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the EFL and FA Cup but fell short of Premier League and Champions League titles.

But the Egypt star’s future has been debated for some time, with his contract expiring in 2023 and no deal on new terms looking imminent.

Salah was recently linked with a free transfer to Barcelona at the end of his current contract, although the financially struggling Catalan giants are also trying to lure Bayern Munich forward Lewandowski.

The Polish star is one of four players in Europe’s top five leagues to record more goal involvements (56) than Salah (46) in all competitions last season (also Kylian Mbappe with 60, Karim Benzema with 59 and Christopher Nkunku). with 51). .

Lewandowski scored 50 goals and recorded six assists for Bayern last season, and Barnes believes Barca’s attempts to acquire him will have repercussions for Salah.

“Of course you’re looking at the money Barcelona can spend – I can see him at Liverpool for another year and maybe get a free transfer at the end of the season,” Barnes told Stats Perform.

“I don’t know what the situation is, but at the moment he’s at Liverpool. So I don’t know. If he stays, he’ll still play with the right attitude and commitment.

“Where can you see him? Maybe in football – do Barcelona have the money to do that? Because, of course, there’s still talk of Lewandowski going there.

“I think at the end of the year we’ll see. I think it has a lot to do with Lewandowski’s fate.”

Mohamed Salah had six shots on goal

Mohamed Salah had six shots on goal

Liverpool’s attack has already undergone a significant shift after the club added Benfica striker Darwin Nunez to their ranks and sold Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich this month, having already been boosted by the entry of Luis Diaz from Porto in January.

The future of the last member of Klopp’s former champion, Roberto Firmino, is also in doubt with the Brazilian’s contract expiring at the same time as Salah’s.

But Barnes believes tying the number nine to new terms is not a priority for Liverpool, insisting Firmino is underrated but noting that he has slipped through the ranks recently.

“Well, it’s not necessarily a priority,” he said of Firmino’s contract situation. “This is football. Bobby is a fantastic player.

“Actually, out of the front three, he’s been my favorite player of the period because of what he brings to the team, in terms of his late game, his build game, his work rate for the team.

“The reason why Salah and Mane scored these goals is because of Firmino, if we had Lewandowski in the team, Salah and Mane wouldn’t have scored as many goals because of course they would be creating for him.

“He is very undervalued. I don’t think it’s necessarily a priority, because now we have Nunez, we have [Diogo] Jota, Salah is still there, you have Diaz, so at his age he might not be a priority, but I would love to see him stay.

“He has to decide if he’s happy to come and be part of the team instead of playing regularly. But I would definitely love to see him stay.”

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