Even if Mohamed Salah doesn't leave Liverpool next summer, sooner or later the club has to start thinking about finding an heir to his throne at Anfield. The Egyptian is not getting any younger. Turning 32 years old next year, the inevitable ravages of time will catch up with his body eventually.

It's only a matter of time, and Liverpool should be proactive in finding his successor before it's too late and the club is left to scramble around for options in the market. Saudi Arabia's emergence on the transfer scene has shown nothing is impossible now, and Liverpool must be prepared for every eventuality.

In a perfect world, Salah extends his contract beyond 2025, and remains at Liverpool until his quality starts to fade. At which point Liverpool will already have a successor lying in wait ready to step into his shoes.

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How likely that scenario is remains to be seen, but there is an ideal candidate who could just be perfect for the role and who Liverpool is reported to be interested in. According to 90min, Liverpool is monitoring the situation of Nico Williams.

Long admired by Liverpool scouts, Williams is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in Spanish football. However, his contract expires in 2024, and he is still yet to sign an extension, which would pave the way for Liverpool to sign him on a free next summer.

If Williams doesn't agree a deal with his club Athletic Bilbao in the next few months, Liverpool could start to approach the youngster with a pre-contract agreement as early as January. That's just a few months away.

Williams fits the bill for Liverpool in terms of the kind of attacker Jürgen Klopp likes to deploy in his front free. He is direct, blessed with plenty of speed and energy and is excellent in one vs one situations.

Liverpool transfer Nico Williams
Nico Williams could be a perfect transfer for Liverpool.

There is a bit of Fernando Torres about him as well in the way he uses his speed to get around opponents. He definitely would have the potential to get the Liverpool fans on the edge of their seats just like his compatriot once did at Anfield. And there is no doubting Williams would be the most exciting Spanish attacker signed by Liverpool since Torres back in 2007.

At 21 years old, he is still young and has a lot of potential to fulfil. If Liverpool was to bring Williams in on a free transfer, it would mean the club would not be desperate to sell Salah, and would still be able to invest further in the squad to continue Klopp's Liverpool 2.0 plan.

Meanwhile, Williams could in turn learn the trade first-hand from Salah, providing competition for the Egyptian, with the long-term goal of him being his outright replacement. It's what the likes of Cody Gakpo and Luis Díaz did on a short-term basis for six months when they were brought in before Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané eventually ended up leaving for pastures new.

With Salah being the best of Klopp's original front three, his successor may need more time than Firmino's or Mané's, and Williams could definitely benefit from playing as Salah's understudy for a season or two. Especially, since he is capable of playing other positions in the front three as well, which means he won't just have to be used on the right-wing.