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Liverpool have given Mohamed Salah contract hint that may be bad news for two Jürgen Klopp ​men

We are into February, with only three months left of the season, and still no update on the Mohamed Salah contract situation.

The spectre of Salah’s contract extension has loomed large over large over Liverpool’s season to this point. An anxious fan base has waited for an official announcement of a renewal for months.

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The situation hasn’t been helped by Salah’s repeated remarks that any new deal is out of his hands, with the Egyptian firmly putting the ball in FSG’s hands.

But as of writing, a deal hasn’t appeared.

But a vital clue could be in the signings Liverpool have made over the last year or so.

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Diogo Jota was signed in September 2020 and has really thrived at Anfield, to such an extent now that he’s considered the first choice through the centre of Jürgen Klopp’s 4-3-3 system.

Firmino’s inconsistent season, through a spate of injuries, has also helped Jota’s transition to becoming the No.1 choice for Klopp.

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Everything now points to Liverpool and Klopp bidding farewell to the smiling Brazilian, with his contract running out in a year’s time.

The signing of Luis Díaz from Porto has led many to speculate that this could also be the end of Sadio Mané at the club.

The Colombian was signed with only days of the window left remaining. Due to Tottenham’s interest, Liverpool fast-tracked a target that was initially set aside for the summer.

Given that Díaz plays in the same position as Mané, it doesn’t take much to figure out that he could be a replacement for the Senegalese forward, who is soon turning 30 and has lost just a fraction of his razor-sharp speed over the course of the last 12 months.

This season, Mané has evolved into more of a ruthless finisher inside the area, as opposed to the swashbuckling wide forward he was in the early years at Liverpool.

There could be a future for Mané still at the club, should he switch into the centre and leave the left flank free for Díaz. But that would call into question Jota’s future. Given his exploits through the middle since joining, he might feel somewhat hard done by.

The signings of Díaz and Jota point to a gradual evolution of the Liverpool front three, but the one area where there hasn’t been a signing has been on the right: Salah’s position.

This is his position, and likely always will be until the moment his legs start to wane. The fact that Liverpool haven’t signed any players who operate in that role suggests that they are confident of tying Salah down for a further four or five years, and he will have that role all to himself for the next half-decade.

Or conversely, and to play Devil’s advocate here for a second, the club may just be waiting to see which way negotiations go with Salah and any potential new deal before making a move to sign an eventual replacement.

The club clearly don’t want him to leave on a free transfer, and should a deal have little chance of happening, then Salah will be sold this summer. One way or the other, Liverpool supporters should know their answer come the end of August.

But the lack of any recent signing for the right-hand side should be taken as a positive sign that perhaps Salah will stay.

And the nervous waiting can be put to an end.

 

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