Richard Keys' Salah suggestion hasn't been received as well as he may have wanted 1 year ago

Richard Keys' Salah suggestion hasn't been received as well as he may have wanted

Richard Keys has suggested that Liverpool switch up their squad numbers to make Mohamed Salah their new No. 7.

Keys took to Twitter to recommend that Salah should be rewarded for an unprecedentedly prolific debut season by taking James Milner's squad number.

Since signing from Roma last summer, Salah has scored 36 goals in 40 games for Liverpool in all competitions and is well on his way to establishing himself as a world-class talent.

And while the Reds would likely be willing to make several compromises in order to keep hold of their freescoring Egyptian, there are a couple of flaws in Keys' logic.

The first would be to assume that Salah wants to wear the No. 7 shirt because, in fact, he requested the No. 11 jersey when he arrived on Merseyside.

Having sported the No. 11 at Roma, Salah wanted to do the same for Liverpool and his request was granted as its previous owner, Roberto Firmino, was happy to switch from No. 11 to No 9. to accommodate the new arrival.

"I appreciate what Firmino did (changing squad numbers)," Salah told the Liverpool Echo last June.

"The club asked him and I have to thank him very much."

Another fault with Keys' tweet is his assertion that Salah has already obtained legendary status at Liverpool.

The 25-year-old has undeniably enjoyed an incredible first season under Jurgen Klopp but it will likely take some longevity and, preferably in the eyes of supporters, some trophies before he can be considered an Anfield legend.

Keys' followers have been voicing their opinions on the beIN SPORTS' anchor's claim and it's safe to say that few are in agreement with him.