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Fans should enjoy Mohamed Salah while they can as Saudi-bound star prepares for ‘final season’ with Liverpool

Mohamed Salah could be embarking on a Premier League farewell tour with Molineux his first stop.

The Liverpool star was heavily linked with a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia side Al Ittihad, who were said to be willing to pay up to £171million to land the top scoring star.

This may be Salah’s last season in the Premier League and will be laughing all the way to the bank if he moves to Saudi ArabiaGetty

With the Saudi transfer window now shut, the Reds and Jurgen Klopp can breathe a huge sigh of relief that their biggest star is sticking around – for now, at least.

The star has two years remaining on his contract at Anfield, but given his status as arguably the most iconic player in Saudi Arabia due to their close proximity with Egypt, it seems highly likely a move will come off at some point with Anfield hero Jamie Carragher believing a move could go through next summer.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Carragher said: “I think the feeling amongst most Liverpool supporters is that we’ve maybe got him for one more season. Rather than let him go now at the start of a new season with no chance of actually bringing someone in right away.

“The fact that Liverpool have started well, we should hope that there’s a really good chance they make top four, could they really challenge [Manchester] City like they have done in the past? That’s the bigger question mark.

“But I think for all parties it almost feels right next summer where Liverpool you think would still get a substantial transfer fee.

“Liverpool would have Salah this season and give him a great opportunity for success and then Liverpool would have 12 months of thinking maybe someone, if there’s somebody out there who could possibly replace him.

“But, I always think it’s difficult to replace players of that quality, I think what you’ve go to try and do is almost think, ‘How can we improve not just in that position but can those funds improve us in different areas as well?’

“So, Liverpool have still got areas they can improve on but I think it would be very difficult to get rid of Salah right away. Great players come, great players go and he got to where we want.”

Salah is a hugely popular player with fans and teammates alikeGetty

Premier League titles, Champions Leagues and Golden Boots – Salah has won the lot with Liverpool on both a team and individual levelAFP or licensors

Saturday’s trip to face Wolves at Molineux – a fixture exclusively live on talkSPORT – will be Salah’s first match since talks over his future came to an end last week.

But for fans around the Premier League – and Liverpool in particular – this could be the ideal opportunity to appreciate someone who will go down as one of the league’s greatest.

Salah has scored 141 in 235 Premier League fixtures for both Liverpool and Chelsea, providing 66 assists in the process.

Too many players aren’t appreciated until it’s too late and they’ve moved on, but with Salah set to enjoy at least one more season at Anfield, it gives fans the chance to appreciate the opportunity to watch a top-level player strutting his stuff week in, week out.

Salah may be 31 years of age but the forward is in peak condition and while a move to Saudi Arabia will continue to be discussed in the weeks and months ahead, supporters should focus on enjoying the talent that is is right in front of them.

Wolves vs Liverpool is live on talkSPORT at 12:30pm on Saturday 16 September

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