Liverpool will NOT have to sign in January if Mo Salah and co remain injury-free, says Rush
According to club legend Ian Rush, Liverpool won’t need to step up their attacking options in the January transfer window if their current options all boast a clean bill of health.
The Reds will be without star strikers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for most of the first two months of 2022, while the Egypt and Senegal internationals will compete in the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Jurgen Klopp was also injured earlier this week when Portuguese boss Fernando Santos revealed that Diogo Jota – who replaced Roberto Firmino this season’s number 9 at Anfield – was out of group training and may have been sent back to Anfield early.
According to Ian Rush. Liverpool don’t need to strengthen their attacking options in January
Sadio Mane (R) and Mohamed Salah (center) will attend the Africa Cup of Nations in January, while Diogo Jota (L) injured the Reds earlier this week
But Gambling.com ambassador Rush – who has scored 346 goals in 660 appearances in two Liverpool spells – insists his former club should not invest in their attack unless their league position or injury situation dictates so.
Former striker Rush said in an exclusive interview with Sports mail: “If they are at the top of the league, why would you sign anyone?
‘You look at your position in January and see where you stand. As long as everyone stays injury free, I don’t think they need to invest in January.’
Asked if Liverpool should re-evaluate that attitude in the summer, Rush added: “Even if they win the league I think they need to invest because winning the league and keeping the same team, it just doesn’t work that way.
But Rush (R) insists Jurgen Klopp (L) should only invest in January if the competition or injury situation requires it
Jurgen Klopp knows what he wants and we trust him. If he goes to the owners and says ‘I want this’ I’m sure the owners will take care of it.
“Go to January and see where you are, but even if Liverpool win the league in the summer I’m sure they would invest again because they have to keep players on their toes.
“If they invest, it will be in a younger person where the potential is there, not a 28- or 29-year-old.”
For example, a younger striker profile would picture Paris Saint German star Kylian Mbappe, 22, and Borussia Dortmund counterpart Erling Haaland, 21, and most recently linked Ousmane Dembele.
Rush hinted that Kylian Mbappe (L) would suit Liverpool’s playing style better than Erling Haaland (R)
Reports over the past year have suggested that the German boss Klopp has spoken with the French international’s father – who was reportedly flattered by the Reds’ interest – to gauge whether his son would like to move to Merseyside.
And Rush hinted that Mbappe – who is also strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid with less than a year left on his PSG contract – would be a better fit for the Reds’ philosophy and style of play than Norwegian star Haaland.
“I think you look age-appropriate, Mbappe definitely flies,” Rush added. “He would suit Liverpool. Haaland also scores for fun.
“But they have to fit into Liverpool’s style of play and Mbappe would certainly do that. He keeps getting better and will get even better. He plays for the team.
“You can get an excellent goalscorer, but if you don’t give them, they don’t score, but Mbappe scores goals and scores them too.”
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However, Reds star Salah has been scoring goals as well as goals for his team-mates this season, with talks of a new £500,000 a week deal for him.
The 29-year-old – who Rush said in August was determined to prove he is the best player in the world – is the Premier League’s top scorer this season, level with Jamie Vardy, with six goals to go. and three league assists.
He showed that ability by setting up Mane for their opener against Manchester City before scoring a superb solo goal against Pep Guardiola’s men who showed poise, strength and supreme quality in abundance.
And Welshman Rush – who has scored 28 goals in 73 appearances for his country – believes Salah’s stunning individual brilliance was the latest example of how his game has evolved since his arrival from Roma in 2017.
“Mo Salah is the best player in the world right now,” Rush insisted. “He took it to another level. He has been absolutely fantastic this season.
Rush believes Salah’s stunning solo goal against Man City shows development in his game
Not only with his goals, but also with his assists. People say “he’s selfish” but he’s taken his game to another level now.
“He plays for the team and if you look at Manchester City, the goal he scored was absolutely incredible. Not just for the skill. But two or three years ago, Mo Salah didn’t kick with his right foot.
“But that goal against Manchester City was with his right foot and he learned from that. Defenders would normally take him from his right side because he wouldn’t shoot and on his left side he can do anything.
“But defenders are now worried about going to his right or left and that’s why he has improved his game.”