'He would be fantastic' - Liverpool backed to replace Mohamed Salah with big-money talent

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah warms up ahead of the Premier League encounter with Sheffield United.
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah warms up ahead of the Premier League encounter with Sheffield United. -Credit:Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has tipped the Reds to replace Mohamed Salah with a big-money talent, stating: "He would be fantastic."

Nicol believes Victor Osimhen would be an excellent acquisition for Liverpool, especially as Salah continues to be linked with a move away.

Since joining Liverpool in 2017, Salah has been the star player at Anfield. However, rumours of his departure have been circulating, particularly now that Jurgen Klopp is leaving.

Despite fending off interest from Saudi Arabia last summer, it's anticipated that these suitors will return.

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Salah's departure would leave a significant void in the team. He has consistently topped the club's goalscoring charts every season since he arrived in Merseyside. Nicol insists that if Liverpool are to bring in a new face, they must replace him with a prolific striker.

Speaking on ESPN FC, Nicol said: "The fact that Salah is going to be going, whether this year or next year, Osimhen? I think he would be fantastic for Liverpool. The middle of the park, we've just signed Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, Endo's turned out to be incredible, you need someone who will run all day and give it to Mac Allister, Szoboszlai and Salah."

Nicol also suggested that signing Osimhen, who has helped Napoli win Serie A, would mean Darwin Nunez would have to play in a wider role. Although Nunez, the former Benfica man, has shown promise, his finishing has been criticised, while Osimhen has proven himself to be ruthless in front of goal.

The Nigerian forward, who made the switch to Napoli from Lille a few seasons back, has been the subject of intense speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea. He openly admitted to Sky Sports earlier this year that a stint in the Premier League is on his agenda, saying: "Of course one day, definitely but for now, I have other plans in my career that I am looking forward to. So when the time comes, everyone knows."

He further expressed his contentment with the club's management, stating: "I am happy with the president. I have a good relationship with him. I cannot lie. He has been with me since I signed for the club in 2020. I have a good relationship with his family also and for me it is always important to make sure we have this good relationship, to make sure there is nothing wrong regardless of what has happened."

Last season saw the 25 year old striker hit his stride, netting over 30 goals and enjoying his most prolific campaign to date. With Napoli's track record of letting their star players go for the right price, it's anticipated that Osimhen will eventually look to continue his career elsewhere.