Liverpool told to pay top stars more or risk Real Madrid and Barcelona transfers
Former Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has warned the club that if they do not offer their best players improved contracts then the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah could leave for Real Madrid or Barcelona .
Salah in particular has been linked with both La Liga giants and Cole has urged the Reds’ hierarchy to fork out the cash to ensure the club’s top stars stay at Anfield.
Speaking on BT Sport, Cole said: “Sometimes when you have massive success it brings its own problems. You now have the best goalie in the world, the best centre-half in the world and three or four of the best players in the world.
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“They are going to want to be paid the best in the world. They will look at their counterparts in Madrid and Barcelona and be thinking I want those wages.
“I don’t know what their wage bill is at the moment but if they want to keep going they need to keep these players. Sometimes a player like Salah might have his head turned and always dreamed of playing for a Real Madrid or Barcelona.
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“It’s now about keeping the group together, keeping the manager together, keeping the momentum. Have they got the finances to do that? I’m sure they have because they are a well-run club.
“If they keep them together I’m sure it will be a period of dominance. Where they might come unstuck a little bit is replacing players like Milner and Lallana.
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“Good players who come in and do a fantastic job when they’re called upon. They’re good round the dressing room, keep that Liverpool way about them. Sooner or later they will want to move and play regularly.
“Origi? Where are you going to find a player who sits on the bench and comes in for those moments? Those players are tricky to replace.
“Do you go for young players who are maybe not mature enough for it, or veterans? These are the problems you have when you are successful.”
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