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Liverpool risk losing Salah, other key players if Man City win Premier League

Liverpool have Salah to thank for their remarkable Premier League season so far. Despite the form of many attackers around him, it is the Egypt international who is the Reds’ undisputed talisman, the Daily Express reported.

And fans of the Merseyside giants are beginning to dream of title glory. Thursday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City does not change the fact the prize is theirs to lose.

Liverpool have a golden opportunity and must take it. This appears to be the ideal time to strike.

Manchester City have suffered of late, Tottenham experience their usual false dawns and Manchester United are nowhere to be seen. Chelsea and Arsenal are high up the table but the reality is both teams are miles off challenging.

But Liverpool cannot afford to fail.

At least, if history is anything to go by.

Look at the consequences of missing out on the league title to Manchester United in 2009. That sparked big players wanting out.

Fernando Torres got his way 18 months on from that. But it was that summer where links to Chelsea arose and, ultimately, appeared to unsettle the Spain international.

Javier Mascherano was another key player who was soon gone. Barcelona came calling in 2010 and he jumped at the chance to move to the Nou Camp.

It was even worse when Liverpool failed to win the title in 2014.

The Reds were agonizingly close. Had it not been for a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, they would have beaten Manchester City to the prize.

But Brendan Rodgers’ side never recovered and, inevitably, was soon stripped of its star performers.

Raheem Sterling went to Manchester City in 2015 after a year of Reds fans getting on his back about a new contract.

But, in 2014 itself, Liverpool lost Luis Suarez.

Suarez was their king, their talisman. An electric asset and one that ranks among the Premier League striker greats.

But he went to Barcelona. And the Reds never had any chance of keeping him.

Liverpool must win the title if they are to keep Salah.

Because, it they do not, then the European giants may sniff their chance to get a deal done.

Obviously, it would not be cheap. And, judging by Salah’s body language, he will not push for a move.

But if Real Madrid come calling, it will be tough to say no. With Barcelona, the same.

And Liverpool’s greatest chance of keeping Salah and their other star performers will only come if they end their Premier League hoodoo in May.