According to Michail Antonio, Mohamed Salah ‘was ready to go’ to Saudi Arabia before Liverpool intervened

Late in the summer transfer window, Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad made a £150 million offer for the Egyptian, which the Reds ultimately rejected. Even if Jurgen Klopp wants to shake up his team after a disappointing season, Mohamed Salah is still an essential cog for Liverpool.

Salah’s departure would have been devastating, especially considering he just re-upped with the team a year ago. Given his status as the world’s most recognizable Arab celebrity, the wealthy clubs of the Middle East are doing everything in their power to sign the player.


Even if there was speculation of a follow-up world-record bid, Liverpool made it clear that their main striker would not be sold, and Antonio thinks Salah was ready to make the transfer.

On the Footballer’s Football Podcast, he said, “He didn’t turn that down, no way. He was in jail, and the Reds had painted a big red no-exit sign on his cell door. He made no effort to halt that. To be fair, he didn’t make a big deal out of it and let them do their thing. I can sаy with absolute certainty that he was prepared to leave.

Klopp expressed his confidence that Salah will remain with the club in the days following the transfer window’s closure. “I’ve never had, and I don’t now, doubts about his future, his commitment to this club,” said the German. You would not believe the amount of commotion the rest of the world causes, let alone how unperturbed we are. He is a member of our team who has expressed a desire to play for us.

The Liverpool manager was irritated by renewed questions about Mohamed Salah’s future. Although the Saudi League may come back with a new offer in the New Year in an effort to test the club’s determination, Klopp insisted that he was “not worried” about leaving.

Premier League players are leaving for the Middle East in droves as the government there invests massive sums in developing their domestic league. Neymar joined them from Paris Saint-Germain, and they have also signed Edouard Mendy, Riyad Mahrez, and Aymeric Laporte.