Friday, September 29, 2023

Robbie Fowler ‘will put a word in’ with Mohamed Salah over transfer link as Saudi Pro League targets more Liverpool stars

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is desperate for Mohamed Salah not to join him in Saudi Arabia.

The Premier League great is currently in the gulf state coaching second division side Al Qadsiah, and has seen a huge influx of new arrivals.

Fowler is back in the dugout in Saudigetty

He isn’t keen on the idea of Salah joining himGetty

The Saudi Pro League – their first division – has spent over £500million this summer, with Brazil superstar Neymar the latest arrival at Al Hilal.

A summer of enormous investment is showing no signs of relenting, which may come as a concern to Liverpool fans amid reports of interest in Salah.

The Egyptian would be a bigger signing than any before him, at the peak of his powers aged 31, and racking up numerous records in the Anfield history books.

But for Liverpool legend Fowler, he’s keen for Salah to stay away from Saudi Arabia for now.

Asked if he might be able to tempt him into a transfer, he told Ben Jacobs, talkSPORT’s Saudi Arabia correspondent: “I’ll put in a word for him to stay. I want him to stay at Liverpool. 

“But good players will always get linked here because this country and this Pro League wants good players and that’s the simplicity of it.

And on summer signings such as Jordan Henderson, who gave up the Liverpool captain’s armband to join Al Ettifaq, Fowler said: “I think it’s a huge statement, we spoke before about where this country wants to be.

“When you’re signing players who are playing for England, and Liverpool’s captain, it’s huge, it really is, and it just shows you the power of what can happen if you want it badly.”

Henderson’s arrival was giganticGetty

The other side of the coin for Liverpool isn’t such good news, with Fabinho also heading out of Merseyside to Saudi, leaving the Reds running on fumes in defensive midfield.

Failed moves for Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia have left Jurgen Klopp scrambling for alternatives, but Fowler is sure he has something in mind.

He explained: “You’d be unbelievably surprised and amazed if Liverpool haven’t got some irons in fires for bringing players in.

“For Liverpool to start challenging and getting back to where they were a few years ago in terms of challenging for the Premier League, I think it’s fairly obvious they’ll have to bring in some players.

“I think Jurgen Klopp is an unbelievable manager, he really is, and I think one of the reasons he signed his new contract is because he thought he’d have more of a say in new players coming in.

“He probably hasn’t looked at that just yet, but I’d be amazed if Jurgen doesn’t sit down with the board and the players that be and bring in the players he feels the club needs.”

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