Without silverware, Mohamed Salah will become disillusioned at Liverpool
Mohamed Salah's impact on the Premier League couldn't even have been predicted by Paul the Octopus. The Egyptian has taken centre stage during his second spell in English football. His remarkable season has surprised all, including Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. The German maverick expected Salah to perform well on arrival, but he didn't envisage what was to come.
Salah hit his 40th goal of the season in all competitions against Bournemouth last Saturday. With four league games still to play, as well as a possible three in Europe, expect the Liverpool winger to increase his tally before the campaign concludes.
Having scored 30 Premier League goals this season, Salah made history as the first African to reach that mark in England's top tier. Ivorian Didier Drogba struck 29 times during his most prolific campaign.
Salah continues to torment defences with his propensity for being in the right place at the right time. His performance, however, deserves great rewards. Liverpool must win a major trophy. It's the only way to keep their main asset at Anfield long-term.
In recent times, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho all left Merseyside for greener pastures. Salah could be next.
Manchester City wrapped up the league title, yet Liverpool remain in the Champions League race. The Reds will take on Salah's former club Roma in the semi-finals. Can the Egypt international drive Klopp's side closer to European glory?
The Champions League is Liverpool's last hope of silverware this season. If they overcome the Giallorossi, a date in Kyiv with either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid awaits. Similar to the German and Spanish giants, the Reds have a big tradition in Europe. Repeating success in 2005 - the Miracle of Istanbul - is perhaps the only way to ensure Salah remains at the club.
Klopp is building for the future. Defeating Man City three times since January proves Liverpool can overcome their mental block and challenge for the Premier League title next season. But can Salah resist if a European heavyweight comes calling? Big bucks and the guarantee of competing for major honours year-on-year is an alluring prospect. Players have short careers. Loyalty is commendable, yet overrated.
Having remained loyal to his boyhood club, Steven Gerrard failed to lift the Premier League trophy. Despite his status as a Liverpool legend, a part of him will always wonder what could have been.
Salah is currently attracting interest from Europe's top teams, including Real Madrid and Barcelona. Although the 25-year-old looks settled at Liverpool, players, particularly the elite, are hugely ambitious.
The most goals in a 38-game Premier League season is currently jointly held by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luiz Suarez. Salah needs to find the net just once more to equal that record. His sights are set on breaking it in Saturday's outing against bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion.
Salah, along with Kevin de Bruyne, is the favourite to claim the PFA Premier League Player of the Year award on Sunday. The ultimate accolade, however, is team success. If Mo Salah's goal-scoring brilliance continues over a longer period without the Reds winning silverware, he will start to question his Liverpool future.