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"Liverpool Play Better Without Mohamed Salah And Should Cash In"

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"Liverpool Play Better Without Mohamed Salah And Should Cash In"

Jurgen Klopp has been told to sell Mohamed Salah this summer, because Liverpool 'player better' without their top scorer this season.

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Salah scored 22 Premier League goals this season, leaving him behind only Harry Kane in the top scorer ranks by just two goals.

Liverpool's closest player was Sadio Mane, who scored half the amount of his teammate, as Salah really carried Klopp's side into a top four spot.

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Despite that Klopp has been urged to sell the Egyptian this summer, in order to boost the rest of his squad, with former Liverpool goalkeeper David James claiming the team are better without their top scorer.

"The idea of them spending mega millions is very unlikely, I think they're going to have to shift players out," James told Stadium Astro.

"In my eyes, he might be second in the Golden Boot running, but I think Liverpool play better without Salah.

"And the opportunity for Liverpool to cash in on Salah, Jota naturally fits into that front three, Firmino gets more freedom arguably, and Liverpool have a new dynamic up front rather than what seems to be a reliance on Salah's goals."

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Only 22 league goals for Salah this season. Image: PA Images
Only 22 league goals for Salah this season. Image: PA Images

As well as Mane's 11 goals, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota both scored nine times each this season, with the Brazilian starting 33 games to Jota's 12.

Asked when exactly James thinks the club should sell the man who has scored 125 goals in 203 appearances for the club, the keeper formerly known as 'Calamity' compared the situation with Sergio Aguero at Manchester City.

"I'd do it now. This is not about Mo Salah not being a good player - his goal record speaks for itself.

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"Similar statistics to someone like Aguero where Pep Guardiola can look at Man City and not need Aguero. I think Jurgen Klopp and the way he has developed this side, Salah has become more of a focal point than that front three from seasons before.

"I think Liverpool's fluidity is compromised by Salah, even though he scored. Tottenham's another one, top goalscorers tend to not win leagues. I think they could cash in on him [Salah] and produce a stronger team."

It's been a frustrating season for Mane by his usual lofty standards. Image: PA Images
It's been a frustrating season for Mane by his usual lofty standards. Image: PA Images

It's not the first time a former Anfield star has criticised the former Roma forward, with Michael Owen claiming both Salah and Mane aren't natural finishers.

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Salah has been linked with a move away from Merseyside in the past and he has not been afraid to stoke the flames of those rumours himself.

No matter what James says, fans would probably not want to see one of their best players leave the club.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Liverpool, Football, Premier League, Transfer gossip, Jurgen Klopp, Mohamed Salah

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