New look Mo Salah, same old Mo Salah stories.
The Liverpool forward showed off his rather drastic new haircut on social media on Wednesday evening, as many of the curls were ditched for a fade on the back and sides.
What haven’t been ditched, though, are the near constant claims that Salah will one day walk away from Liverpool in order to join one of Real Madrid or Barcelona. It is seen as a rite of passage for the Egyptian, and move that he would no doubt be compelled to make.
Andy Gray was the latest to voice such an opinion, as he spoke on beIN Sports at the end of the Premier League season.
“I’ve been saying to you for some time I think he will leave Liverpool sooner rather than later and I think Mane might also,” said the former Everton forward.
“If [Salah] told Liverpool ‘by the way, I’m off this summer’, I think they’ve got a real battle on their hands.
“I don’t think Liverpool can afford to lose both of them.
“I don’t know what their contract terms are, I’m not sure how long each has got.
“I guess Mane [would] come up and say: ‘Well, if he’s going I want to go as well’. It’s a double battle.
“You only hope if you’re Liverpool that the success they’ve had – Champions League victory last year, championship this year – that that would be enough to keep them at the club.
“But we know foreign footballers have a different view of the Real Madrids and the Barcelonas of this world.
“They desperately want to play for them, desperately.”
And that has often been the case, but now?
Off the back of their Premier League success and the other trophies the club have picked up in the past year, Liverpool are surely in the strongest position they’ve ever been to ward off the interest of Spain’s big two, if indeed it is there this summer.
In the past the likes of Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez have all be spirited away to La Liga, but in Salah’s time at Anfield he has borne witness to an example of how treading that path can go terribly wrong.
Philippe Coutinho was the Egyptian’s teammate for just a few months before his January 2018 move to the Nou Camp, and ever since then both the Brazilian and his former club have headed in opposite directions.
That is sure to make Salah think twice about swapping the serenity of the atmosphere he has at Anfield over moving to pastures new. He isn’t just going to change clubs as he changed his hair.
Reds assistant boss Pep Lijnders has spoken of the importance of keeping this group of Liverpool players together, and right now it would appear that any new additions at Anfield are likely to be backup players to the likes of Salah, Mane, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk and flying full-backs.
Salah has already spoken of targeting more trophies with Liverpool, and right now there has to be a very pertinent question on the top of that newly-coiffered head of his.
Is he likely to win more honours at Liverpool than at anywhere else right now?
You’d think so.