The Catalans managed to break Liverpool’s resistance in the winter window to sign the Brazilian. But their methods have set a dangerous example for the Los Blancos.
Coutinho’s big money move took place in January after the Catalans finally managed to break Liverpool’s resistance. Despite pocketing a massive transfer fee, Klopp and team had their hands tied during the move as the Brazilian had his heart set on wearing the Blaugrana stripes.
Real to repeat Coutinho-saga for Salah?
The Catalan club received a lot of criticism for their tactics in the transfer market. Football pundits disapproved the fact that Liverpool were forced into letting the player to leave mid-season. According to the former Arsenal striker, Ian Wright, such tactics can be repeated by Real Madrid in their pursuit of Mo Salah.
The Englishman is worried that the Reds might face similar problems in the upcoming transfer window to keep Mo Salah at the Anfield. The Egyptian has been in a stellar form in his debut season for the Reds, scoring 37 goals so far. Salah’s recent 4 goal haul has put Real Madrid on alert for the player.
“He [Salah] has come into the Premier League, which is the toughest league in the world, and taken it by storm.” Wright told Sky Sports. “He has done it magnificently and surprisingly I didn’t think he was going to have the impact he has had.”
The former Gunner also suggested that Real Madrid might use Barcelona’s transfer tactics to get their hands on Mo Salah. “What Real Madrid have seen is that if you do press Liverpool and go for one of their players then you might get him in the end. This is the problem that they have. If Salah does anything like this next season then this is the problem they will have.”
Liverpool will face a daunting task to keep Mo Salah at the club next season as the likes of Real Madrid and PSG will be ready to spend big for the 25-year-old.
Barcelona’s tactics worked wonders for them but it has definitely created a problem for Liverpool. Another such high-pressure pursuit by Real Madrid for Mo Salah might end up with the player moving to the Santiago Bernabeu. Klopp will be eager to stop that from happening. But one must wait for a transfer window to check how that pans out.