Paul Ince Exclusive: Diaz Could Be Reds Legend
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Paul Ince Exclusive: Diaz Could Be Reds Legend

Paul Ince believes Liverpool star Mohamed Salah might leave Anfield – but that new signing Luis Diaz could go on to become a club legend in his place. Salah moved to Merseyside from Roma in 2017 and has scored a whopping 150 goals in 233 appearances for Jurgen Klopp's men across all competitions. However, Ince thinks the lure of a European giant like Barcelona or Real Madrid could prove too difficult to ignore for the 29-year-old forward.


Salah Could Seek A New Challenge

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “If anyone’s going to leave Liverpool I think it will be Salah. 

“[Sadio] Mane and Salah have been here a long time now and what they’ve achieved has been sensational. 

“Sometimes players want to try pastures new, go abroad and try different clubs. The fans obviously won’t want them to go but if the contracts aren’t right they’re going to move on. 

“I don’t care who you are in the Premier League, Barca or Real Madrid come knocking and you’re going.”

Diaz Could Be Reds Legend

Should Salah indeed depart, Ince feels that new arrival Diaz has the quality to step up and help cushion the blow.

“[Diaz] is a good player, I watched him at Porto and I thought he was special,” he continued. 

“It’s a good bit of business for Liverpool. They’ve brought in [Diogo] Jota and Diaz, so does that mean Salah or Mane might go? 

“It’s a lot of money but Diaz looks brilliant. He’ll score goals and create. You watch him play against Leicester and it looks like he’s already been there four or five years, he fitted in so well. 

“He’ll only get better and better, and Liverpool fans will love him. He could easily be a legend at Liverpool.”

Ince On Liverpool And Inter

Salah scored his eighth Champions League goal of the season as Liverpool beat Inter Milan 2-0 at San Siro last week, with Diaz coming on for Mane in the second half.

Ince spent two years with Nerazzurri before returning to England with Liverpool in 1997 – and the former midfielder explained how much enjoyed his time with both clubs.

“I enjoyed playing for both [Inter and Liverpool] – they were two very different experiences,” he explained.

“Inter was amazing and probably the best experience I ever had as a player, going out there, learning the language and the lifestyle. 

“The fans were amazing and adored me. Even when I was bad on the pitch they thought I was good. Everything about Inter was amazing. 

“I didn’t want to leave, I came back for family reasons, so for me to leave was a big regret for me, probably the biggest regret of my career. 

“To go to Liverpool, after being at [Manchester] United for years, there was a bit of trepidation. But they took me in as one of their own. 

“The city’s like that and the people are like that. I was just a Liverpool player and they treated me like that. That’s why I still live in the North West, because they’re such wonderful people. 

“We had a good team there but we just didn’t have that successful mentality, there was too much rubbish going on off the pitch. There wasn’t the same focus that my United team had to win trophies and titles.”




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