With Salah already into his thirties, some club officials may have been tempted to cash in and use the colossal transfer fee to reinvest in the squad. However, Gordon stood with Klopp and insisted that there was no chance that Salah was going to leave Liverpool in the summer.
Now they are getting their rewards for that decision, with the Reds flying and hoping to rekindle their rivalry with Manchester City at the top of the table. It is difficult to imagine that Liverpool could mount a title challenge without Salah though – precisely why Gordon and co were so keen to keep him at Anfield.
But it is unlikely that Saudi interest will dissipate after Gordon’s rejection, as they are said to be ready to return in January or next summer and Liverpool will be posed another tough question once again over how highly they value their key man. But for now they will be delighted that Salah is here for the time being though.