Mohamed Salah has been told that he is not "indispensable" to Liverpool and that he could be sold "if the price is right".

This is the view of former Reds goalkeeper David James, who suggested Liverpool play better as a team without the Egyptian by their side.

Salah was absent for Liverpool's impressive 3-0 victory over Leicester on Sunday, substitute Diogo Jota scoring for a fourth consecutive home game.

There has been a lot of talk in the past that Liverpool have finally broken their first three, given their years of advancement, and James now thinks Salah moving abroad could be a plausible development.

When asked about the possibility of a move to Real Madrid, said James Astro Stadium: “If the price is right, any player will be sold. It depends on this price.

Liverpool could sell Salah 'if the price is right', James says

“If Salah went to Man City I don't think it would be a good deal for Liverpool. If he went to a different league and a different country, it would make more sense.

“I don't think Liverpool are dependent on Salah and that's a good thing for Jurgen Klopp. However, he would still need to be replaced. "

James admitted that Jota, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino couldn't keep playing every game.

He also stated his belief that Divock Origi couldn't fill the void, but added: “I don't think [Salah] is indispensable. "

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It was an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They started their title defense off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before conceding seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season ended with injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favorites looking a lot less secure at the back - especially with Alisson's injury worries as well.

But there is no slowdown in what is going to be a busy campaign - Klopp making sure his men keep going at full speed as they bid for more title glory.

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Salah may not be essential, but his goalscoring statistics and achievements for Liverpool are unmatched by his teammates.

He was the fourth-fastest player in Premier League history to reach the 50-goal milestone and has been Liverpool's top scorer in each of the past three seasons.

During this period, he won the Premier League Golden Boot twice, as well as the PFA Player of the Year award in 2018.

Salah has been in good shape for Liverpool so far this season

But although James has no doubts about Salah's credentials, he believes Liverpool would still benefit as a whole if he left.

"I've said that before and it's not that Mo Salah isn't a great player, it's just that Liverpool look better without him on the pitch because there is more fluidity," added James.

“When players can bring it up, it poses defense issues.

“Players who pick up the ball and run with it, basically you just have to stop them. This is what is happening with Salah, even though he has scored eight goals [this season]. "