Speculation surrounding Mohamed Salah’s future is only increasing and ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes the winger will eventually leave Liverpool for one of three European clubs
The 29-year-old is out of contract on Merseyside in 2023 and speculation surrounding his future is beginning to ramp up after his spectacular start to the season.
Salah has six goals in seven Premier League games for the Reds and produced a pair of phenomenal strikes against Manchester City as the two title rivals played out a scintillating draw prior to he international break.
But, despite being the current king of Anfield, former Manchester United captain Neville is convinced that Salah will eventually depart.
“I don’t think he will stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career,” the player-turned-pundit said on Sky Sports’ Overlap fans’ forum.
“It’s my personal view. It’s always been that view but I could be wrong.
“There’s a project and there’s something they have to achieve in their lives.
“They have to play at certain clubs, they have to go and experience certain things.
“I think Salah’s got to experience Real Madrid, the Bernabeu – Real Madrid are going to come back, by the way,” Neville claimed.
“I know it’s not great at the moment at Barcelona and Madrid but Salah is similar to those I’ve just mentioned, I think he has to have that on his CV at the end of his career.
“I think he’s done an unbelievable job at Liverpool. I’ve just always felt he wants a Paris [Saint-Germain], a Real Madrid, a Barcelona and I think he’ll go and get it.
“But I might be wrong.”
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher and ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes were also on the panel but disagreed with Neville’s prediction.
Scholes argued: “They [Barcelona and Real Madrid] are not in as high esteem as they were two or three years ago.
“If he wants to be the best player on the planet, he has to stay at Liverpool. He has to stay in England.
“The best players are here, it’s the best league in the world now. It’s got the three best coaches in the world, with the best teams,” he explained.
“So if he wants to be the best player on the planet, he has to stay here and Liverpool have to pay him.”
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Carragher recently said while on punditry duty for Sky Sports: “I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world or in Europe at the moment.
“I know the situation Liverpool are in. They don’t have the finances of Manchester City when you think of the wages they give out.
“But right now, Salah is playing as well as anyone in European football.
“Liverpool cannot afford to let his contract situation drag on, with the threat they could lose him in the next two years.”
And the man himself recently confirmed that winning with the Reds under Jurgen Klopp is keeping him happy.
“I’m happy as long as the team keep winning,” Salah told liverpoolfc after picking up their Player of the Month award for September.
“I’m trying to help always, to score goals and make the team win games – that’s the most important [thing].
“We have to give our best always to win something and I think we have the quality for that.
“We have a top team, so we have to push ourselves to the limit and try to win something.
“I’m sure everybody thinks the same,” the winger added.
“That’s what we need, just to keep in our head that we finish the season winning something.”