MIRROR Online: LONDON, England, By Fasika Zelealem – Liverpool nearly saw Mohamed Salah make a blockbuster move to Saudi Arabia last season, as revealed by Saudi chief Turki Alalshikh.

        The prolific forward, who has long been a key player for Liverpool, scoring 25 goals and setting up another 14 this season, was on the verge of leaving before Jurgen Klopp’s final campaign with the club. He had agreed to join Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Pro League, reports the Liverpool Echo.

        Despite a hefty £150 million bid from the Saudi club, as reported by David Ornstein of The Athletic, Salah stayed at Liverpool to continue building his impressive legacy.

        In a chat on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Turki Alalshikh, who heads Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, opened up on how close Salah came to switching leagues.

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        He told Helwani: “I don’t have information [this year], but I have information last year. He was accept, but Liverpool changed their mind in the last second.” Alalshikh also hinted at ongoing issues within Salah’s camp, noting: “He was accept and I think this is one of the problems what he have in this year with his team.”

        This comment comes amid Salah’s struggle to find form after an injury in March, where he managed only three goals in 10 league matches during the crucial end-of-season stretch.

        Despite a less than stellar performance, Liverpool are set to enter contract talks with Salah, whose current deal runs out in the summer of 2025. The club is keen to retain their star player as they usher in a new era under Arne Slot, who is expected to take over from Jurgen Klopp with the Reds having agreed on a compensation fee with Feyenoord for the Dutchman’s services.

        In addition, the Reds are also planning to address the contracts of Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Virgil van Dijk, both of which are due to expire next summer. Meanwhile, Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara are set to leave the club on free transfers this summer.

        Top Feature Photo: Mohamed Salah was reportedly inches away from a massive move to Saudi Arabia last year -John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images