If you asked any Reds fan at the beginning of the window if they would consider selling Mohamed Salah, you would've be met with an emphatic no.
However, with the level of money involved in a potential Saudi Arabian switch, could heads be turned at Liverpool?
When reports started to break last week that Al Ittihad (Fabinho's new club) were interested in signing Salah and making him the highest paid footballer in the world, fans understandably went into meltdown.
Jurgen Klopp has since reassured supporters that the Egyptian remains "100%" committed to the club and is going nowhere this summer.
The manager's words – which followed Salah's own agent's earlier this month – provided a reality check. Surely, a club with the ambitions and stature of Liverpool would never sell their best player, and most prolific goalscorer, less than a week before transfer deadline day.
But with the figures floating around in the media, what would you do if you were sitting in the hot seat at the head of the Reds' transfer committee?
Fans vote on Salah price
In an Anfield Watch poll posted to social media platform X (better known as Twitter), more than 30,000 fans voted on how much they would be willing to part with Salah for.
How much would you be willing to sell Mo Salah for, Reds? 🤔
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) August 28, 2023
The results probably won't come as a major shock.
40% (over 12,000 voters) would not sell the Egyptian under any circumstances. This was closely followed by 38.2% of fans that wouldn't even answer the phone unless the figure being offered was £200m.
That's a lot of money, but fans recognise that there is a lot of money to go around in the Saudi Pro League and, given the circumstances and the inflated nature of the market, you could argue that price is more than fair for the best right winger in the world – even if he is 31 years old and has only two years left on his contract.
But whether the fee is £10m, £100m or £1 billion, would the price really soften the blow of losing a player of Salah's ability this late in the window?
If it was 3 weeks ago and we replaced him before he was sold, you’d have to look at the £150m but at this time, with no replacement we can’t sell him for any price.
— Bobby Gunn (@_BobbyGunn) August 28, 2023
X user @_BobbyGunn points out that if the interest had come earlier on in the window, an exceptionally large offer would at least have to be entertained by Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool hierarchy. However, during a pivotal season in which the Reds simply have to get back into the Champions League, selling him now is clearly a non-starter.
Despite this, 18.6% of fans (well over 5,500 voters) said they would sell Salah for £150m – a little over Al Ittihad's actual reported proposal, including add-ons..
Al Ittihad reportedly want to offer Salah a salary package comparable to Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in order to convince him to swap Merseyside for Saudi Arabia, with the pair currently earning around £170m per year including bonuses and endorsements.
Jamie Carragher, for one, thinks that £150m is around the right price, though it may now be too late for any offer to be seriously considered.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said recently: "I think it’d have to be over £150m. I’m not saying he’s worth that right now at his age but I don’t think £100m; you’re not replacing Mo Salah for £100m.
"If they offered a crazy figure [then maybe] but as I said it is so late in the window. If it was earlier – maybe they might think about it because that is the model that they’ve had in the past but I don’t think Mo Salah is going anywhere."
Meanwhile, 3.2% of voters (around 1,000 people) would accept just £100m for Liverpool's record Premier League goalscorer. Who are you people??
Anfield Watch verdict
The word departure anywhere near the word Salah is something that Liverpool fans never want to think about.
The Egyptian King is one of the club's – and the Premier League's – greatest ever players.
There are very few wingers in world football who even get close to Salah's goals and assists each season. He is an absolute guarantee and a Liverpool legend.
Therefore, even if a Saudi Arabian bid of around £150-200m came in last month, with plenty of time for Liverpool to recruit a replacement, it would be an extremely tough deal to sanction.
However, Salah's current contract expiring in 2025, next summer will be a pivotal point as the decision will have to be made to sell Salah or offer another extension. If the same figures are chucked around again next year (particularly if they are known about long in advance of deadline day), it could be a lot more tempting an offer.
This summer though – regardless of the associated fee – there's no way Liverpool should consider selling Salah before the deadline on Friday.
It's just way too risky and, not too mention, far from the send-off a modern Reds legend deserves..