Liverpool told they already have ‘the next Messi or Ronaldo’ in their squad

Former Premier League ace Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Liverpool already have the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks.

The duo have long dominated the debate over who the world's best player is, but their time at the top is slowly coming to an end.

Despite Ronaldo's impressive start to life back at Manchester United and Messi's almost certain guarantee of goals at PSG, neither man is getting any younger.

Ronaldo will be 37 in less than six months, while his great Argentine rival is now 34. As their powers wane, conversation will inevitably turn to who the natural successors are.

Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe are considered football's next bright young things.

But former Aston Villa man Agbonlahor believes Liverpool forward Mohamaed Salah, 29, is the man most likely to pick up the mantle from Ronaldo and Messi.

First reflecting on Salah's contract situation at Anfield, Agbonlahor told Football Insider: "They don’t need to give him a five-year deal, nobody gives a 30-year-old a five-year deal.

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"For Mo Salah, a four-year deal is perfect.

He then went on to make the case for Salah as the successor to Messi and Ronaldo.

"To be fair, even if you gave him a five-year deal, Mo Salah looks like he could be playing until he’s 34, 35, 36," Agbonlahor continued.

"The next Messi and Ronaldo. Even if he did slow down a bit, he’s still going to be a top player.

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"Without Mo Salah, Liverpool wouldn’t even get into the top four. So whatever he is asking for in wages, give it to him. It’s going to cost you a lot more than that to replace him.

"They should get that sorted. He scores every game and is a quality, quality player.

"His celebration [against Crystal Palace] shows how much he loves Liverpool. He’s come out and said he loves Liverpool so they’d be stupid to lose him.”

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