Liverpool are facing a conundrum over the future of Mohamed Salah this summer, sources told ESPN. There is a growing sense within the Liverpool squad that Salah is eyeing a new challenge elsewhere, and intermediaries who have worked closely with the club previously have privately expressed the belief that a transfer might be possible.

The situation will be influenced in part by how Liverpool finish the season, needing to stop an alarming slump in the Premier League yet chasing a third Champions League final appearance in four years. Sources added that the Reds are relaxed about the situation, given the 28-year-old's contract has two years left to run and there has been no obvious deterioration in the forward's form or commitment to the club, with Salah the joint leading scorer with Tottenham's Harry Kane in the Premier League this season with 17 goals.

Missing out on Champions League qualification would increase financial pressures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic -- Liverpool earned €111m from the competition when they won it in 2019 -- with Jurgen Klopp's side seventh in the Premier League, five points off the top four. Those pressures are also felt elsewhere, particularly at Real Madrid and Barcelona -- two possible destinations for Salah.