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Make no mistake: Liverpool hold the cards over 'unhappy' Mohamed Salah

Liverpool hold every important card when it comes to the ‘unhappy’ Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian is ‘not happy’, according to one former teammate.

Mohamed Salah is apparently ‘unhappy’ at Liverpool. That’s according to former international teammate Mohamed Aboutrika.

The 42-year-old told beIN Sports that Salah is ‘upset’ at Liverpool. He only gives one reason, however, mentioning that the forward wasn’t captain against FC Midtjylland.

That’s something Salah said is a disappointment in an interview with AS this weekend.

That interview also saw Salah say that his future it entirely in Liverpool’s hands. He’s absolutely right, too – the Reds hold all the cards here.

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Decision makers

‘Player power’ is a real thing. If someone wants to leave, they almost invariably can – stars can pick the new club, too.

Few know that better than Liverpool, who have seen every previous star push for a move in the post-Bosman ruling era. Except for Steven Gerrard, of course.

But Michael Owen left, Xabi Alonso left, Javier Mascherano left, Fernando Torres left, Luis Suarez left, Raheem Sterling left, and Philippe Coutinho left. Every single one of them to the team of their choice and when they wanted to.

Things are different now, however. Liverpool are thriving and no one player can upset that. Not even Salah.

There is no fuss he can kick up over the next few years that would seriously hurt Liverpool, with two important things to remember.

Firstly, he has a contract until 2023 and Liverpool look at contracts properly. We’re seeing that right now as they get every penny out of Gini Wijnaldum’s.

Yes, they’ll likely lost him for nothing at the end of it but they’re getting what they’re paying him for. No early sales for a cut-price fee. We saw the same with Emre Can.

Thus Salah will know that Liverpool have little problem keeping him until 2023. If that’s what they want.

The other thing to consider is that Salah will be 29 by next season. As will Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool, then, need to think about the next generation of forwards.

That may well mean that they decide to sell Salah. It definitely means that they’ll decide when he’s done, though.

The Reds must plan their succession carefully, likely replacing the forwards gradually and one at a time. Salah will come into that and Liverpool will weigh up when his time to step aside comes around.

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Salah, though, can’t decide that time himself. This is bigger than just one player – that front-three are the dominant force at Liverpool.

Such a delicate exercise requires planning and a player being ‘upset’ won’t change that.

So Liverpool have no reason to sell early and all the reasons to control the situation themselves. They undoubtedly hold the cards here.

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