If Liverpool fails to qualify for the Champions League, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk may consider leaving the club
That is the opinion of Reds legend Robbie Fowler. In his column for The Mirror today, Fowler suggested that now that Salah and Van Dijk are in their thirties, they may not want to miss a season of ‘elite’ European football.
“I don’t think I’m being dramatic when I say that if Liverpool fails to qualify for the Champions League next season, it will be detrimental to the club, both financially and in terms of the players who may leave,” writes Fowler.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Salah and Van Dijk believe they need to be playing in the elite European competition at their age and can’t afford to waste a single season.” I’m not saying they’d want to go, but it’s a question they might consider.”
Back-to-back Liverpool’s Premier League losses have made them appear vulnerable in the race for the top four. A loss to Chelsea on Tuesday would be another crushing blow.
Consider the unthinkable.
At this point, a few Liverpool fans may reluctantly accept this scenario. Salah and Van Dijk, in particular, haven’t exactly shone this season.
That may appear harsh to Mo, who has recently improved. But he, too, has been guilty of performing below par for the majority of the campaign.
The Egyptian will turn thirty-one this summer, while Virgil will turn thirty-two in July. Both have shown signs that their best days are over.
As a result, if they do want to leave, could Liverpool consider selling them? Given the wages they’re earning and the stages of their respective careers, it’s difficult to see either having a large market.
However, there is a case to be made that if Liverpool is to receive the necessary overhaul, it is better to start from scratch. Taking the top two earners off the payroll
So it’s not such a crazy idea as it first appears. Nonetheless, we believe Virgil and Mo have a flourish in them. They are still two of the best players in the world when they are at their peak. If they are willing to stay at Liverpool without Champions League football, they will assist us in regaining it the following season. However, improvements are required. Large ones.