Is Mohamed Salah Using Liverpool as a “Stepping Stone”?

By Sarah Garden
26 February 2020
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Pundits claim the Egyptian King is underappreciated at Anfield

Gary Neville’s comment that Mohamed Salah is using Liverpool as a stepping stone in order to sign for Barcelona or Real Madrid has sent Twitter into overdrive.

According to Neville, the Egypt international star would accept a “big move” if it came his way.

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“I said 18 months ago I thought Mo Salah would leave Liverpool,” Neville said, speaking 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 its 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’s ultimately using Liverpool, potentially as a stepping stone for his career.”

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The former Manchester United defender’s comments come as Salah’s future continues to be questioned.

Jamie Carragher agreed with Neville, saying that support for the so-called Egyptian King has dwindled, despite the fact he continues to deliver.

Both Sky pundits agreed that the Liverpool forward doesn’t get the appreciated that he deserves from fans.

“With Mo Salah… I think he is underappreciated,” Carragher said. “Salah is seen as world class outside, but with Liverpool fans I think he is a little bit underappreciated. Certainly going from what he did in his first season to now there is a slight dip.

“It was never going to be 47 goals in a season, but looking at social media I think Liverpool have six world class players: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Anrold, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah.”

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