Paul Merson admits Liverpool transfer fear after Luis Diaz’s arrival

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Luis Diaz is the latest new arrival through the doors at Liverpool (Picture: Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Paul Merson is hoping the arrival of Luis Diaz doesn’t spell the end of Mo Salah’s Liverpool career.

Liverpool completed the signing of the 25-year-old winger from Porto in January for an initial £37m with the Colombian penning a five-and-a-half-year contract with the Reds.

His arrival will provide healthy competition to the likes of Salah and Sadio Mane and some believe Diaz to be either of their successors on the wing for years to come.

Both players are out of contract in 2023 and Liverpool are yet to tie them down to a new deal, sparking some concerns they could be on the move.

Salah has made it clear he wants to stay at Liverpool but is said to be holding out for around £400,000 a week which is proving problematic for the Reds.

However, former Gunner Merson feels Liverpool need to pay the Egyptian whatever he wants because Diaz’s impact won’t be the same as what the 29-year-old offers.

‘I really hope Luis Diaz going to Liverpool doesn’t mean Mo Salah is off because that would be the biggest disgrace ever,’ Merson told the Daily Star.

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Mo Salah is yet to sign a new deal with Liverpool (Picture: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

‘It took them 30 years to get back to being a force, to dominating teams again, to winning big trophies and having that reputation.

‘To get to that point and let the best player in the world go would be absolutely mind-blowing.

‘I don’t care how much he wants. He’s the best player in the world! And these fans have waited and waited for success like this. Pay him what he wants.

‘This is Liverpool football club. The owner wouldn’t think twice about paying his star pitcher at the Boston Red Sox big money. What makes Salah any different?

‘No-one scores goals like Salah does. He plays on the wing but he puts up the kind of figures other players can only dream of. He looks like scoring every game he plays.

‘It doesn’t matter how good Diaz is. He’s not going to put up the sort of figures Salah does. Absolutely not.

‘And if you’re Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool let Salah go, what message does that send you? You’ve turned him into the best in the world and just let him go? I’d be so disappointed.’

Salah goes up against Mane in Sunday’s African Cup of Nations final when Egypt meet Senegal.


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