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Jamie Carragher criticises Mohamed Salah for ‘strange comments’ on his Liverpool future


Mohamed Salah was disappointed to be overlooked for the Liverpool captaincy by Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher has questioned the timing of Mohamed Salah’s decision to air his dissatisfaction at being overlooked for the Liverpool captaincy.

The Egypt international has enjoyed a prolific start to the new season and continues to spearhead a Liverpool forward line which is powering another title charge.

Despite a near unprecedented injury crisis, Liverpool are four points clear at the top of the Premier League and look well placed to add more silverware to the club’s trophy cabinet.

Salah, however, sparked a measure of panic last week when he gave an interview to Spanish outlet AS and declared he was disappointed when Trent Alexander-Arnold was given the armband during the recent Champions League fixture against FC Midtjylland.

The 28-year-old also intimated he could not rule out the possibility of joining one of Real Madrid of Barcelona in the future, but Carragher believes the prolific forward will ultimately commit his long-term future to Liverpool and go on to shatter more records.

Mohamed Salah scored twice in Liverpool’s 7-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend (Picture: Getty)

He told the Telegraph: ‘Salah’s recent interview feeds that idea his career comes first. His comments about being upset not to be made captain in a dead rubber against Midtjylland underlined it. They were odd. I – like most fans – did not think he should be playing in an inconsequential game, never mind be the skipper.

‘The timing of the player initiating transfer stories is also strange. My view is it was a message to Liverpool’s owners to offer him a lucrative new deal.

‘Seeing their players being courted by the La Liga clubs would have concerned Liverpool five years ago.

‘Not now. I am not convinced Madrid and Barca can afford Salah. Investing well in excess of £125 million on a player who will turn 29 this summer is not good business.

Liverpool are in a different place in 2020 to when Suarez, Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso moved from Anfield to Spain. They left for footballing reasons.

‘No-one leaving Liverpool today can say they will improve their chances of winning trophies. Philippe Coutinho’s experience at the Nou Camp tells us that.

‘Liverpool can dominate in England and Europe – or certainly challenge for the Premier League and Champions League – every season Klopp is in charge.

‘Fitness permitting, Salah is guaranteed to score over 200 goals and continue to break records if he stays on Merseyside for his prime years.’


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