Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah refuses to rule out La Liga move
Mohamed Salah has suggested that he would be open to leaving Liverpool to play in Spain.
Salah, the Premier League’s joint-top goal scorer this season, is under contract at Liverpool until 2023 but has been repeatedly linked with a move elsewhere, with Real Madrid and Barcelona mooted as potential destinations.
And in a new interview with the Spanish newspaper MARCA, Salah said he could “one day” move from Liverpool to La Liga.
What did Salah say?
When asked whether he would be open to playing in Spain, Salah told MARCA: “I hope to be able to play for many more years. Why not?
“No one knows what’s going to happen in the future, so... maybe one day, yes.
“I hope to be doing the same thing that I’ve been doing in recent years. Winning trophies, scoring goals, helping my team win trophies...
“That’s the most important thing for me.”
Is this Salah pushing for a move away from Liverpool?
There is no suggestion at this stage that Salah is looking to leave Anfield this summer, but he’s clearly keeping his options open.
Salah turns 29 in June and there is the prospect that Liverpool may not have Champions League football on offer next season.
He’s about to enter the final two years of his contract this summer and over the course of this season his representatives have been keen to secure him a lucrative new deal.
Liverpool haven’t been in a rush to hand out massive pay increases during the pandemic.
Has he said similar before?
Yes, he has spoken previously about the attraction of playing in Spain at some stage in his career.
He told AS back in December: “I think Madrid and Barcelona are top clubs... we never know what is going to happen in the future. Everything is in the hands of the club.”
In the same interview, he complained about being overlooked for the captaincy when Jürgen Klopp gave the honour to Trent Alexander-Arnold for the Champions League dead rubber against Midtjylland.
How is the interview likely to be received by the club?
Klopp and other senior club figures will be relaxed about it.
There’s nothing significant in the interview that Salah hasn’t said before. Despite all the speculation and the cryptic tweet from the player’s agent, Salah’s attitude and commitment have been unwavering at the AXA Training Centre.
And while Liverpool have struggled this season, Salah remains level with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane in the chase for the Premier League Golden Boot and Klopp is planning for the future with Salah on board.