By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is the second most valuable footballer in the world, according to data from the CIES Football Observatory.
The Egyptian has been a revelation since moving to Merseyside from Roma two summers ago, winning the Premier League Golden Boot in consecutive seasons and helping the club to their sixth Champions League crown.
According to the International Centre for Sports Studies’ algorithm, he is worth €219.6million in today’s market, behind only PSG attacker Kylian Mbappé who is valued at an eye-watering €252m.
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling claims third spot with a price tag of €207.8m, while the top five is completed by Barcelona ace Lionel Messi and Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho at €167.4m and €159.4m respectively.
In order to estimate the value of a player, the algorithm takes into account factors including – but not limited to – age, length of contract, position, goals, assists and international status.
Reds youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is the priciest defender on the list, apparently worth €130.2m and is the 13th-most valuable player in the world, while stopper Alisson is the most expensive goalkeeper in 24th, valued at €107.5m.
Eight other Liverpool players feature in the top 100, with Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino also in the top 10 with Salah. Premier League Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk is in the top 50, along with teammates Andy Robertson and Fabinho.
Georginio Wijnaldum sits just outside in 51st, while Naby Keita and Joe Gomez both feature in the 100-strong list despite enduring injury-plagued seasons.
Every one of the 11 Liverpool players to feature on the list is now supposedly worth more than what the Anfield club paid for them, with Gomez and Robertson proving particularly shrewd investments with rises in value of 1383% and 981% respectively.