Many Liverpool fans are using Mohamed Salah’s incredible form to explain just why they’re nonplussed by Philippe Coutinho’s departure.
It’s a pretty natural reaction. When you lose a player as important as Coutinho, you’ll look for solace in any way, shape or form.
And Salah provides just that. With 17 Premier League goals this season, the Egyptian has every chance of scooping up at the end-of-season awards ceremony.
Indeed, Salah was one of the players Coutinho tipped to bring trophies to Anfield as he prepared to sign for Barcelona.
“The signing of Virgil van Dijk is a statement,” Coutinho told the Daily Mail. “Mo Salah is a wonderful footballer.
“I look forward to watching them win trophies and to celebrating their success.”
SALAH'S INSTAGRAM MESSAGE TO COUTINHO
Georginio Wijnaldum was the first Liverpool player to say farewell to Coutinho on Instagram and Salah has now joined in.
Acknowledging that their time as teammates was brief, the Egypt international wished Coutinho good luck at the Camp Nou.
“Really enjoyed playing with you even if it was for such a short time,” Salah wrote. “I wish you all the best in your new adventure.✌🏼”.
The Brazilian left a response on Salah’s post.
“Thanks amigo you are great.. pleasure [to] have played with you. All the best 👊🏽,” he wrote.
The fact that Salah felt compelled to post about Coutinho’s departure shows just how much he was appreciated on Merseyside.
And in Coutinho’s response, you can see exactly what he thinks of the former Chelsea and Roma forward.
COULD LEMAR REPLACE COUTINHO?
Salah will hope Jurgen Klopp identifies someone who can replace Coutinho’s creativity in the Liverpool side.
With £142 million to spend, he has plenty of options.
Monaco’s Thomas Lemar has been mentioned as a possible target, although French journalist Loic Tanzi believes they face competition from Arsenal, who are eyeing a replacement for Alexis Sanchez.
“He is their priority to replace Alexis Sanchez," Tanzi said, per the Liverpool Echo.
"Monaco are not totally against the idea of an offer this month, but it would have to be a very big offer.
"I am told that Liverpool wouldn't make a big offer."