Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp statement signing could prove their ambition to Mo Salah and Co

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Jurgen Klopp may be the grinning, giggling conductor of the Liverpool juggernaut, but Mohamed Salah is the man providing its steam. The Reds are not so much overcoming obstacles, but smashing straight through them, as Aston Villa became the fifth consecutive Premier League side to be swept aside by Liverpool.

Even the understandable emotion encapsulating Steven Gerrard’s return to Anfield, even if their legendary captain was not choked up in the slightest, was enough to thwart the Egyptian King.

Burnley are the only Premier League side, Salah has failed to record a single goal or assist against this season – perhaps he was put off by Sean Dyche’s insatiably gruff voice.

Atletico Madrid also managed to prevent Salah from increasing his ever-growing statistics but considering he had hammered home a brace in the first match at the Wanda Metropolitano, this was likely down to luck rather than Atletico’s defensive brilliance.

Yet, both Dyche and Diego Simeone’s sides were on the end of routine 2-0 defeats, as Liverpool’s pizazz does not extend to Salah alone.

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However, the gravest mistake Liverpool can make is to become mere spectators, gazing wide eyed in wonder as Salah’s sharpshooting records victory after victory.

Nor can they afford to find themselves becoming reliant on the star, in the same manner Arsenal were with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, particularly if they are still in the negotiation phase of Salah’s potential new contract.

Most footballers on the brink of turning 30 are entering their twilight years, yet Salah has taken care and looked after his body in the saw way Cristiano Ronaldo has.

Salah has already proclaimed his allegiance to the Merseysiders, stating his undying wish is to finish his career at Anfield.

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If the Reds truly harbour the same aspirations as the Egyptian King, they must emphasise their ambition is as prominent as Salah.

And they may have done so, as reports from Calciomercato claim the Reds are interested in a move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

Liberated from the shadow of former strike partner Romelu Lukaku, the Argentinean hammered home his fifth goal in four Serie A matches, and his tenth goal in fifteen league appearances.

While many strikers have plateaued after their frontline partnership was broken up, the 24-year-old has struck up a sensational understanding with former Manchester City star Edin Dzeko.

His goalscoring statistics speak for themselves, yet he has a fabulous capacity to connect attacking units together and ingratiate himself amongst his teammates.

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Reports from the Italian outlet have also suggested he has been touted as a possible replacement for current striker Roberto Firmino.

There has been little speculation connoting any sort of progression regarding a possible extension to his contract which expires in 2023.

Martinez and Firmino have plenty of traits in common, yet the Inter hitman has a superior goal record over the last couple of seasons and age on his side.

In the same way Klopp demands furious intensity and front foot football, Liverpool cannot afford to stand still, while their rivals develop and add to their squads.

While Martinez is an excellent player, Salah will be the Reds’ overall priority this season. Yet there is no better statement of intent and ambition than the hefty acquisition of a player in the mould of Martinez.

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