Liverpool are better off without Mohamed Salah and should do away with him this summer, claims ex-Red and City goalkeeper, David James.
Liverpool should look to cash in on Mohamed Salah this summer, according to David James, who believes the Reds perform better without him.
The striker has been at Anfield for four years and has continued to be prolific.
He narrowly missed out on his third Golden Boot on the last day of the Premier League season despite scoring 22 times – one less than Harry Kane.
But Salah has continued to divide opinion throughout his time at Liverpool.
The Egyptian has faced accusations of greediness and James sees the Reds as a more polished outfit when he’s absent.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have not been the potent force they once were this season with an attacking reshuffle being touted this summer – and their former goalkeeper thinks Salah should be the one they let go.
He told Stadium Astro : “In my eyes, he might be second in the Golden Boot running, but I think Liverpool actually play better without Salah.
“The opportunity for Liverpool to maybe cash in on Salah… as you say, [Diogo] Jota then naturally fits into that front three, [Roberto] Firmino gets more freedom arguably.
“Then Liverpool have a new dynamic up front rather than what seems to be a reliance, or has been a reliance, on Salah’s goals.”
James is adamant that this summer is the right time to cash in on the Egyptian, citing Manchester City’s success without Sergio Aguero as a model going forward.
“Yeah, tomorrow. I’d do it now,” he added when quizzed on how soon Liverpool should cash in.”
“This is not about Mo Salah not being a good player, his goal record speaks for itself.”
“Similar in statistics to someone like [Sergio] Aguero, where Pep Guardiola can look at Man City and not need Aguero.”
“I think Liverpool’s fluidity is compromised by Salah, even though he scores.”