Mohamed Salah “owes Liverpool as much, if not more, than they owe him”, Paul Ince has claimed amid ongoing talk of a possible move to Real Madrid for the 44-goal Egyptian forward.
A remarkable debut campaign at Anfield has seen the 25-year-old billed as one of the finest talents on the planet.
It is being suggested that the Ballon d’Or could soon be added to an enviable collection of honours which already includes the Premier League Golden Boot , the PFA Player of the Year award and FWA Football of the Year prize.
Those in Madrid would welcome the opportunity to buy into that ability, once they have faced Liverpool in the Champions League final, but Ince doubts that a deal will be done for a player who has spent just one season on Merseyside.
Jurgen Klopp invested £36.9 million ($49m) in Salah last summer and has helped to carry an in-demand talent to the level he currently graces, with Ince telling Paddy Power : “I know fans will be worried about losing Salah. But I believe Anfield was the place where he reinvented himself this season, and Salah owes Liverpool as much, if not more, then they owe him.
“He should challenge himself to bag another 30 or 40 goals next season, before considering moving on to somewhere else.
“Those clubs will still be there.”
Salah has offered no indication that he will be looking to move on, with it having been a boyhood dream of his to represent Liverpool .
Klopp has also been quick to play down the exit talk , with the German understandably reluctant to consider parting with another prized asset one window on from the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
For now, all of those at Anfield are looking for Salah to produce one more inspirational performance and help the club to European glory in Kiev.