- Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to leave for Africa Cup of Nations duty in January
- Jurgen Klopp also suffered an injury earlier this week with Diogo Jota
- Ian Rush insists on firing fit and Liverpool attack could see him through May
- He added that Mbappe would be a perfect addition to the summer and praised Salahho.
Liverpool do not need to strengthen their attacking options in the January transfer window if their current substitutes can all claim a clean bill of health, according to club legend Ian Rush.
The Reds will be without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to star for the best part of the first two months of 2022, due to compete in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations alongside the Egypt and Senegal international.
Earlier this week Jurgen Klopp also feared injury when Portugal boss Fernando Santos revealed Diogo Jota – who has replaced Roberto Firmino as No. Could have been sent back to Anfield sooner.
Liverpool don’t need to strengthen their attacking options in January, according to Ian Rush
Sadio Mane (R) and Mohamed Salah (centre) will be in the Africa Cup of Nations in January while Diogo Jota (L) injured the Reds earlier this week.
but Gambling.com Ambassador Rush – who scored 346 goals in 660 appearances in two Liverpool spells – insisted his former club should not invest in their attack unless their league position or injury situation is decided as such.
As the former forward Rush said in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail: ‘If they top the league, why sign someone?
‘You look at your position in January and see where you are. As long as everyone is injury free, I don’t think they need to invest in January.
Asked whether Liverpool should re-evaluate that stance over the summer, Rush said: ‘Even if they win the league, I think they should invest because winning the league and the same Having a team, it just doesn’t work that way.
But Rush (R) insists Jurgen Klopp (L) should only invest in January if the league or injury situation decides so.
‘Jurgen Klopp knows what he wants, and we trust him. If he goes to the owners and says ‘I want this’, I’m sure the owners will provide it.
‘Go in January and see where you are but in the summer even if Liverpool win the league, I am sure they will invest again because they need to keep the players on their toes.
‘If they invest it will be in a young person who has potential, not a 28 or 29 year old.’
A short profile of the forward will put Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, 22, and Borussia Dortmund counterpart Erling Haaland and recently linked Ousmane Dembele, 21, in the picture.
Rush hinted that Kylian Mbappe (L) would be better suited to Liverpool’s style of play than Erling Haaland (R).
Reports from last year have suggested that German boss Klopp has spoken to the father of the France international – who was reportedly happy with the Reds’ interest – to find out whether his son would be keen to move to Merseyside .
And Rush indicated Mbappe – who has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid and has less than a year left on his PSG contract – with the Reds’ philosophy and style of play comparable to that of Norwegian star Haaland. would be better.
“I guess you look for age, Mbappe is absolutely flying,” Rush said. ‘He would suit Liverpool. Haland is also scoring for fun.
But he has to fit into Liverpool’s style of play and Mbappe will certainly do that. He is improving and will be even better. He plays for the team.
‘You can get an out-and-out goal scorer, but if you don’t provide them they don’t score, but Mbappe scores them as well.’
Egypt international Salah tops Premier League scoring charts amid talk of a new contract
Reds star Salah however has been scoring and scoring goals this season amid talks of a new deal worth £500,000 a week for his teammates.
The 29-year-old – whom Rush said in August was determined to prove he was the best player in the world – is the Premier League’s top goalscorer this time, at the level of Jamie Vardy, with three league assists. With six goals to go.
He demonstrated that ability by setting up the mane for his opener against Manchester City before scoring an excellent singles goal against Pep Guardiola’s men, who showed chivalry, strength and supreme quality in abundance.
And Welshman Rush – who scored 28 goals in 73 appearances for his country – believes Salah’s astonishing piece of personal brilliance was the latest example of how his game has evolved since arriving from Roma in 2017. Has happened.
‘Mo Salah is the best player in the world right now,’ Rush insisted. ‘He has taken it to a different level. He has been absolutely brilliant this season.
Rush believes Salah’s brilliant singles goal against Man City shows growth in his game
Not only with his goal scoring but also with his assists. People say “he is selfish” but he has now taken his game to a different level.
“He is playing for the team and if you look against Manchester City, the goal he scored was absolutely unbelievable. Not just for the skill. But two or three years ago Mo Salah wouldn’t kick with his right foot.
But that goal against Manchester City was on his right foot and he has learned from it. The guards usually took him down with his right hand as he would not shoot and his left would do anything he could.
‘But the defenders are now worried whether to go to his right or left and that is why he has improved his game.’