After a bit a hiatus, it seems like transfer rumors are slowly boiling to the surface again for Liverpool. Given that it's the middle of October, there are now only two and a half months left until the January window opens and everything starts again. And considering Liverpool didn't leave everything resolved in the summer, speculation is only natural.

One of the most notable sagas towards the end of the summer window was around the future of Mohamed Salah. There was strong interest in the Egyptian from Saudi Arabia, and while Liverpool remained obstinate that he was not for sale, given the unlimited resources that the Saudi clubs wield, Salah leaving Anfield for pastures new cannot be written off entirely.

After all, he is not getting any younger in age. Set to turn 32 years old at the start of the next year, and with now less than two years left on his contract, it would be more aligned with Liverpool's policy to not give him an extension than to provide him with a new deal. Saudi Arabia could also, of course, make the kind of lucrative offer that is impossible to refuse.

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But if Salah does depart, then what next for Liverpool? Who comes in to replace him? It's a valid question given there are few players in world football capable of replicating what the Egyptian has done week in and week out ever since he arrived at the club.

However, according to the Daily Mirror, the Reds are lining up a solution in Leroy Sané. According to the outlet, the club is willing to break its transfer record in order to sign the German international, who is in very good form this season.

Sané is about four years younger than Salah and he has seven goals in 11 games for Bayern Munich and two goals in three games for the Germany national team this season in a brilliant start to the campaign.

Admittedly, the former Manchester City winger has had his fair share of injury setbacks over the years. He suffered a cruciate ligament injury while at Manchester City, which ruled him out for more than 50 games and for almost an entire year.

Liverpool Joe Gomez Leroy Sané
Liverpool's Joe Gomez has spoken highly of Leroy Sané.

But at Bayern, he's only missed six games due to injuries in the last two seasons prior to this one, and is definitely now in the best run of form in his career since suffering that serious injury at City.

Very explosive on the ball, and blessed with lightning speed, Sané is an absolute nuisance for defenders and exactly the kind of player who would fit into Jürgen Klopp's attacking philosophy.

It's a sentiment Joe Gomez seemingly agrees with as well, having described the reported Liverpool target as his toughest opponent in the past. When asked by the On The Judy Podcast to reveal who gave him the longest afternoon, Gomez was quick to praise Sané:

"As a full back, Leroy Sané when he was at City," he said. "He’s direct. The whole game I knew was long… Raheem Sterling, Wilfried Zaha... those wingers that are direct."

Given Salah's quality, there are few players who could replace him in world football but based on Gomez's comments, and Sané's career so far, he might just be a worthy candidate, even if keeping the Egyptian a bit longer remains a clear preference.