Liverpool have been told that the future of Mo Salah is not sorted just because of his recent comments.
The Egyptian said on Friday that he wanted to see out his career with the Reds. It came as a huge boost for the club due to his transfer links with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Salah is in the form of his life at the moment. He has scored in seven consecutive Premier League matches, including Sunday’s demolition of rivals Manchester United.
Those goalscoring exploits have carried over into the Champions League. He bagged a brace on Tuesday as Liverpool ran out 3-2 winners against Atletico Madrid.
When asked about his future, Salah also said that it was ‘down to what the club wants’. The Reds have reportedly offered him a big-money contract but nothing is agreed yet.
Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha was asked about the 29-year-old ahead of the clash against United. He said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “It is absolutely not up to Mo Salah if he wants to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career.
“He can say he wants to stay, but when his contract starts to run down it is up to Liverpool to decide whether they want to keep him.”
Onuoha then suggested owners FSG might be of the opinion Salah is no longer the asset he once was given he will turn 30 next year. That was an opinion shared by Jamie Carragher at the beginning of October.
“Players want to stay but some clubs think that players have moved on in terms of being an asset to them,” added Onuoha. “It helps that he wants to stay, but to say it is inevitable because of how he’s playing now goes against what football actually is.”
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are monitoring the situation. Barca lost Lionel Messi during the summer and have slumped down the table in his absence. They could look to Salah as their next talisman. However, their dire financial situation makes a move unlikely.
Real do have the finances to sign Salah. A bid would likely only occur if they failed to land Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain next year.
Souness points out divisive Salah attribute
Former Liverpool ace Graeme Souness has agreed with Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Salah is the best player in the world right now.
However, he has also pointed to an attribute which some may consider as a flaw. “I agree with Jurgen Klopp that Mo Salah has been the best player in the world this season,” Souness told The Sunday Times.
“He is perhaps as greedy a player as I have seen. All the top names have an element of that but he is extremely selfish.
“Personal targets are important to him and he shoots from every possible angle, which frustrates his team-mates at times — especially [Sadio] Mane.
“The other players accept it because he is so good. When he doesn’t square it, he is either scoring or making goalkeepers work so that the follow-up is a tap-in for someone anyway, which makes it hard for anyone to criticise him.
“He may even take it as a compliment that I think he is the most selfish player I have seen because he is a goal machine.”