Former Premier League ace Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Liverpool already have the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks.
Although the duo dominate the debate on who the world’s greatest player is, their time at the top of the list is rapidly ending.
Despite Ronaldo’s stellar start to life at Manchester United and Messi’s almost certain goal guarantee at PSG goals, neither man is getting older.
Ronaldo, who will be 37 in less six months, will be 34. As their abilities diminish, the conversation will naturally turn to who their natural successors will be.
Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe are considered football’s next bright young things.
Agbonlahor, a former Aston Villa player believes Liverpool forward Mohamaed Salah (29), is the most likely to take over from Messi and Ronaldo.
First reflecting on Salah’s contract situation at Anfield, Agbonlahor told Football Insider: “They don’t need to give him a five-year deal, nobody gives a 30-year-old a five-year deal.
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“For Mo Salah, a four-year deal is perfect.
He then went on to make the case for Salah as the successor to Messi and Ronaldo.
“To be fair, even if you gave him a five-year deal, Mo Salah looks like he could be playing until he’s 34, 35, 36,” Agbonlahor continued.
“The next Messi and Ronaldo. Even if he did slow down a bit, he’s still going to be a top player.
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“Without Mo Salah, Liverpool wouldn’t even get into the top four. So whatever he is asking for in wages, give it to him. It’s going to cost you a lot more than that to replace him.
“That should be taken care of. He scores every match and is a top-quality player.
“His celebration [against Crystal Palace] shows how much he loves Liverpool. He’s come out and said he loves Liverpool so they’d be stupid to lose him.”