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Liverpool’s ‘special’ Teenage Salah Replacement Could Explode Under Slot

The 2024 summer transfer window will be one of the most interesting times for Liverpool fans in recent years. They are facing huge changes on the leadership front: Jürgen Klopp is leaving the company and Arne Slot will take over.

Klopp will leave Anfield after almost a decade as manager and eight major trophies, including a Champions League trophy in 2018/19 and the Reds’ only Premier League title to date in 2019/20. He will leave the club as a Premier League legend.

With Klopp’s departure imminent, the question arises as to whether other players or staff will follow him from Anfield. The departure of his long-time assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders has already been confirmed. The Dutchman is ready to forge his own career in management and join RB Salzburg next season.

Players like Thiago and Virgil van Dijk could also leave Liverpool when Klopp’s reign comes to an end next week. The Spaniard is expected to leave, which was confirmed by The Athletic’s James Pearce, although Van Dijk is certainly set to stay, stating in a recent interview that he will be “part of” the “big transition” that will take place at Anfield this summer.

However, there could be another Liverpool legend who could play his last game in a Liverpool jersey next weekend, leaving alongside his legendary club colleague Klopp.

The legendary winger could leave Liverpool

The player in question is Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, who has been linked with a move away from Liverpool when Klopp’s time at the club ends next Sunday against Wolves at Anfield.

There is no doubt that Salah is a Liverpool and Premier League legend. He has 211 goals and 89 assists in 348 games for the Reds, including 157 goals in the Premier League, although two of those came for Chelsea.

Mohamed Salah Liverpool Preier League Golden Boot

However, former Egyptian striker Mido suggested it back in February that Salah could follow Klopp at Anfield in the summer. The former Tottenham striker claims that “contracts have been signed” for the Liverpool winger to play in Saudi Arabia next season.

However, other reports from outlets such as Sky Sports claim that Liverpool expect their star player to remain at the club regardless of Klopp’s decision to leave, stating that “Liverpool have no plans to sell Salah this summer.”

Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah

Although his future is still uncertain, the Reds would need to find a replacement for Salah if he leaves Anfield this summer.

With him being linked with wingers such as Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, there could be a young player already at the club that Liverpool could promote as Salah’s replacement.

Liverpool’s ready-made Salah replacement

Young winger Ben Doak could be the best internal candidate to replace Salah this summer. The Scotland U21 international has already had several appearances in Liverpool’s first team over the last two seasons and is highly valued by Klopp. He joined the club from Celtic in 2022 for a transfer fee of around £600,000.

Klopp mentioned 18-year-old Doak’s name in a recent interview, explaining that the young man was a “special boy, really confident, who has something that no one else can really do,” before praising his “uncomplicated courage.”

In fact, Klopp has already given the smooth dribbler Doak numerous opportunities to play first-team football. The winger has played 10 times for Liverpool so far, including three appearances in the Premier League in the last two seasons.

Ben Doak for Liverpool

While Doak has yet to find the net or provide an assist for Liverpool, he has been extremely productive for the academy. The 18-year-old has scored 11 goals and provided eight assists at youth level so far, and it seems only a matter of time before he scores for the first team. In fact, he feels well-positioned to explode under another forward-thinking coach in Slot.

Spending the reported £85.7m on Rodrygo could be a strong move from Liverpool, but that money could well be better distributed if they prioritize the development of the electric Doak. Instead of signing the Brazilian, the Reds could sign a cheaper option that they can phase out as Doak becomes a more prominent option for the first team.

He may not be far away from breaking into the first team on a regular basis, although replacing Salah will not be an easy task for the young Scot. Should he get the chance to prove his worth under slot, Liverpool could have a ready-made Salah replacement waiting to burst onto the scene.

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