Mohamed Salah, a Liverpool forward, is without a doubt one of the top players in the world right now. The Egyptian has started the season with a bang, scoring nine goals and assisting three times in nine appearances across all competitions. He has once again led the Reds in their quest for silverware.
Liverpool, on the other hand, should start preparing for life without the prolific winger. Mohamed Salah is a man in his fifties who isn't getting any younger. He's already 29 and his contract is up in less than two years.
Moreover, after winning the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool, the Egyptian could be enticed to move on to a fresh challenge. With Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested in his talents, he is unlikely to be short on admirers.
If the Reds want to prepare for life without Salah, they'll have plenty of options. Should they decide to replace the 29-year-old in the near future, they should consider the five options listed below.
1. Federico Chiesa
Last season, Federico Chiesa was a bright spot in Juventus' attack, scoring 15 goals and providing 11 assists in all competitions. The Italian has been a top target for many large teams throughout Europe as a result of his outstanding performances with Juventus this season.
On the right wing of Liverpool's offense, Chiesa would undoubtedly be a good alternative for Mohamed Salah. The Juventus attacker is well-known for his goal-scoring and assist-giving abilities. He's also a diligent worker who can play in both the midfield and the attack. It's possible that this will help him succeed at Liverpool.
2. Ousmane Dembele
Another player that might replace Mohamed Salah at Liverpool is Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele. In fact, over the last few months, rumours have linked the Reds with a move for the winger.
The Frenchman is currently one of Europe's most talented young forwards. There's little doubt he's got what it takes to flourish at Liverpool, with his blistering pace, dribbling talents, inventiveness, and goal-scoring instincts. Klopp would have more choices with him because he can play on either wing as well as behind the center-forward.
Since joining Barcelona in the summer of 2017, Dembele has accumulated 30 goals and 21 assists in 118 games. His market value is €50 million, according to Transfer market.
Since making his Premier League debut earlier this season, the attacker has been a revelation. With three goals in seven games in the English Premier League, he has been the star performance for Leeds United thus far.
During the summer transfer window, Raphinha was linked with a move to Anfield. Fabinho, a Liverpool midfielder, couldn't disguise his adoration for the Portuguese attacker when asked about the reports linking him with the Reds.
"Raphinha has been performing and sticking out extremely well at Leeds since joining in the Premier League," Fabinho was reported as saying.
"Even in the summer transfer market, there was speculation that he could join Liverpool, and I had expected him to do so, but he chose to stay at Leeds. He is currently Leeds' best player. When a team plays against them, they know that Raphinha is the player that poses the most threat "Fabinho continued.
4. Domenico Berardi
Domenico Berardi, one of the top right wingers in Serie A right now, has no doubt what it takes to thrive in Liverpool's attack. The Italian excels at scoring and assisting goals, making him a viable Mohamed Salah replacement.
Berardi scored 17 goals and added eight assists in 30 Serie A games for Torino last season. This term, he's already off to a good start. In five appearances in the Italian top division, Berardi has three goals and one assist to his name.
5. Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is rumored to be seeking to push a trade away from Paris Saint-Germain. The forward is determined to leave the Ligue 1 giants as soon as possible. That suggests Liverpool may be interested in gaining his services, despite the fact that Real Madrid is presently leading the race.
Mohamed Salah's replacement, the Frenchman, would be a good fit. In the Premier League, his pace, electrifying dribbling skills, and eye for goal may make him a major threat to opposing defenders. He'd also fit in well at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp's fast-paced approach.
Over the previous several years, Kylian Mbappe has established himself as one of Europe's most deadly finishers. Since joining PSG in the summer of 2017, the 22-year-old has 136 goals and 66 assists in 182 appearances for the Parc des Princes. He also had a productive time with the French national team, scoring 19 goals in 51 games.