Danny Murphy claims only two players are good enough to replace Mohamed Salah at Liverpool

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Liverpool can only upgrade on Mohamed Salah by signing either Kylian Mbappe or Jadon Sancho, according to former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy. Salah has been linked with a move away from Anfield following comments that he made in an interview with Spanish media last month. The Egyptian refused to rule out a future move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.

No player has scored more Premier League goals than Salah since he joined Liverpool from Roma in the summer of 2017.

The 28-year-old is the leading scorer in the league this term with 13 goals.

Murphy says it would be right for Liverpool to be looking at potential replacements for Salah, as well as team-mates Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

But he thinks only Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho could fill Salah’s boots.

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“You’ll have to bring in a superstar, you’d have to bring in someone who’s got the quality,” Murphy told Stadium Astro.

“I don’t think at the moment there’s too many out there who you’d put above Salah in terms of numbers and ability to win matches and score goals.

“Yeah if you’re going to break the bank then maybe a Sancho or even Mbappe they could try and go for, whether they can afford him or not I don’t know.

“But I think Liverpool will be planning, they’ve done tremendously well in the recruitment area for a long time now.

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“With the rumours, with the ages of the players, it would be remiss of the club not to be looking at what they could bring in to push and maybe take the place of the players you’re talking about.”

Murphy says Liverpool fans have to understand it may be Salah’s dream to play for the likes of Real or Barcelona.

He added: “You have to put into context and understand the mentality of a player that’s from a different country, with a different mentality, with different desires, different ambitions.

“So why would he block it off? Why would he shut the door to that?

“Maybe he’s dreamt of playing in Spain for one of those teams, maybe he wants a different lifestyle, maybe his family, his wife wants to try [something else].

“There’s a multitude of reasons why players want to move to different clubs and try different things. So I wouldn’t criticise him too much for not ruling it out.”

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