Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has claimed that Mohamed Salah will indeed be tempted to leave the home of the European Cup holders and soon-to-be Premier League champions should a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona materialise.
Salah, 27, is currently embarking on his third season at Anfield following a £34m [BBC Sport] move from AS Roma in 2017.
Liverpool’s very-own Egyptian king has since emerged as one of the best forwards in European football and since his arrival on Merseyside, only Lionel Messi can boast a better record in terms of goal contributions.
As a result of his incredible rise to the pinnacle of European football, the former Chelsea star has persistently been touted with a move to other European heavyweights, and Neville claimed that Salah would indeed be tempted to move away with the player supposedly using Liverpool as a ‘stepping stone’.
“I said 18 months ago I thought Mo Salah would leave Liverpool,” the former England international said on Sky Sports.
“I think it’s a little bit more simple in the sense of why Liverpool fans maybe don’t demonstrate that love for Salah, and it’s affinity and loyalty.
“I think there’s a feeling that he wants to go and play at Real Madrid, he’ll go to Barcelona – he’ll take the big move.
“That’s not a criticism of Mo Salah. I played with David Beckham, I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy, I played with Cristiano Ronaldo – they wanted to aspire to win the Ballon d’Or, they wanted to be at Real Madrid, they wanted to be up in lights and play at the biggest clubs in the world.
“I think there’s a feeling: affinity, loyalty, will he leave us? I think he could. I think he is ultimately using Liverpool potentially as a stepping stone for his career. He has aspirations to be [at a club like Madrid or Barca].
“Let’s be honest, Real Madrid and Barcelona for a lot of players are the pinnacle.”
What RTK has to say
While Gary Neville is pretty accurate with some of what has been said there are some statements that would raise eyebrows across Merseyside.
First all of all, Real Madrid and Barcelona have showcased that even the world’s biggest players do not thrive when making their big-money moves to Spain.
Just look at the fortunes of Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho who have both struggled immeasurably to find sustained form since trading the Premier League for La Liga.
Also, Salah has become a serial winner at Liverpool and has found a club that can get the best out his individual game which could springboard the Egypt international to the individual honours he craves.
In 97 matches, Salah has 68 goals and 24 assists to his name. More notably, he missed just five fixtures from a possible 102. None of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski – not even Messi – has proven more durable in that period.