Despite landing £142million for his signature last month, it can be argued that Liverpool would have preferred to hold on to Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho instead.
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, another Reds star – Mohamed Salah – is being linked with an Anfield exit, with many reports claiming Real Madrid are keen on the Egypt international.
The 25-year-old, who arrived Merseyside from Roma for £39million last summer and has already bagged 28 goals, has however moved to dispel such rumours by claiming Liverpool was the team he had always wanted to play for having supported them as a kid.
The former Basel and Fiorentina forward recently revealed: “I have loved the club since I was young and knew this was a team I wanted to play for.
“I knew the history this club has and, as soon as I got the chance, I had to make it happen.”
Salah is without a doubt enjoying life back in the English topflight after an initial disappointing spell with Chelsea, and he’s in the running for both the Premier League golden boot and PFA Player of the Year prize.
Madrid, and other top prospective suitors, will no doubt test Liverpool’s resolve by summer, but a final decision could be down to Salah – the new “King of the Kop”.
The Anfield outfit are beginning to look like a side finally capable of strongly challenging for the EPL title again with a player of his caliber within their squad, but will they manage to hold on to him for much longer having failed to do so with the Coutinhos et al?