Liverpool can ‘dominate Europe’ over the next five years if they manage to keep their record-breaking squad together, believes Ray Parlour.
The Reds have run riot in the Premier League this season, with a 3-2 win over West Ham on Monday night reestablishing their 22-point lead at the top of the table.
It means Jurgen Klopp’s side are now only FOUR wins away from sealing the club’s first ever Premier League title and first league crown in 30 years.
But with their incredible success has come the inevitable speculation over a number of their star players.
The likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been the subject of transfer rumours in recent months, with Real Madrid and Barcelona always linked with the world’s top players.
Virgil van Dijk is another player surely on the radars of the world’s top teams, while full-back flyers Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have emerged as two of the best attacking defenders in the game.
He believes Liverpool’s star-studded team would prefer to remain at Anfield than join one of the Spanish giants, as they have a better chance of consistently winning titles if they stay under the tutelage of Herr Klopp.
“If Liverpool can keep that squad together for the next three or four years, they can dominate Europe,” said the former Gunners midfielder.
“A lot of them have signed long-term contracts now and they’re on the journey, the same as Jurgen Klopp.
“Liverpool pay big wages and the players look very happy with the way they play, with smiles on their faces, and they clearly love playing for Klopp. So why not keep them?
“Where else can you go? There’s only Real Madrid or Barcelona… but even then why would you want to go there?
“Liverpool is a fantastic club, one of the biggest in the world, so I think that most players would stick there if they know they’re going to keep having opportunities.
“They won the Champions League last year, they’re going to win the Premier League this year, and they could get to the Champions League final again.
“I think they’ve signed long-term contracts because they want to play for Liverpool Football Club.
“The team they’ve got and are building, they’re all good ages; there aren’t many players over 30 and coming to the end of their careers.
“They’re all a very good age for the next three or four years.
“If you can keep them all together I’m sure they can win plenty more trophies going forward.”
Watch a clip of Ray Parlour on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, above