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Liverpool transfer double link hints at Mohamed Salah switch as next move could see him in new role

What will life be like at Liverpool after Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané stop playing together?

It’s a thought that Reds fans have long dreaded, a thought that has been pushed to the back of their minds for as long as possible, not wanting to give it serious thought.

However, the moment can no longer be ignored.

Firmino has struggled for fitness this season and was usurped from the starting XI by Diogo Jota. The Brazilian, at least at the time of writing, looks most likely to leave Anfield, either this summer or next.

Jota will likely keep his place in the center for the rest of the season, flanked by Mané and Salah.

But things could get very different next season.

Liverpool have been linked with the likes of Lille striker Jonathan David, Leeds winger Raphinha and West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen ahead of 2022/23. But signing one or two of these players would mean very different things.

Signing David, for example, would put Jota’s place at risk next season. David, who is currently Ligue 1’s top scorer, would be used in the middle of Jürgen Klopp’s 4-3-3 system.

David is not a winger and would not be suitable to be used on either side. The only logical place for him is in the center.

This would mean that Salah and Mané would remain on either side of David.

However, it also raises the question of how much longer the pair of them can continue to operate on the flanks.

Both are approaching 30 and have plenty of miles on them. Klopp’s intense pressure system can leave players suffering from physical exhaustion. We have already seen Mané lose just a fraction of the pace he once had and turn into a predator inside the penalty area than in previous years.

It is also likely that the same fate will befall Salah at some point. The deal could be made for the Egyptian to be moved inside, to become the center back of the 4-3-3.

If Klopp made that move, targeting Bowen and Raphinha makes sense. This could lead to a Mané-Salah-Bowen/Raphinha triumvirate next season.

Or, if David is signed, we could end up with Mané-David-Salah.

Either way, every storyline refreshes Liverpool’s attack as we begin to enter the final stages of not just the Mané/Firmino/Salah era, but also Klopp’s reign at the club.

Of course, all of this is subject to Salah signing a contract extension and staying at the club after 2023. As we all know, there have been no developments on this matter.

Where he was to go, then scenarios one and two could actually combine, and the end result would be Mané-David-Raphinha, with Bowen possibly also signed as a replacement.

However, with everything unfolding over the next six months, this will ensure a fairly smooth rejuvenation of Liverpool’s attack, and as the dreaded moment when the Mané/Salah/Firmino partnership finally play their last match together, fans will know that the team the future will have already been planned.