DOMINIC KING: Mo Salah has scored an own goal by flirting with Real Madrid just EIGHT DAYS before Liverpool meet them in the Champions League … The Reds have no intention of selling him and it will NOT help him in contract talks
- Mohamed Salah has again refused to rule out a departure from Liverpool
- His interview with Marca, where he flirted with Real Madrid, is a big own goal
- What’s great about this interview is the timing – and the choice of publication
- Salah’s ambiguous answers about a future move to Spain are also ill-timed
- They come eight days before Liverpool play against Real in the Champions League
Mohamed Salah had had 18 questions without much to say before numbers 19 and 20 arrived. As soon as he heard them, he would have known his answers would have implications.
“You’ve played football in England and Italy – want to try Spanish football?” Liverpool’s top scorer was asked by Marca, the daily Spanish sports newspaper. A similar inquiry had been made to Salah by their rivals, AS, in December.
“I hope to be able to play for many more years.” Salah replied. ‘Why not? Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the future, so … maybe someday. ‘
Mohamed Salah (left) has again refused to rule out a departure from Liverpool
This came on Salah’s heels, saying, ‘I’d rather not talk about it right now’ when asked if it was time for him to move on.
His interview with Marca, where he flirted with a move to Real Madrid, is an important own goal – at a time when Liverpool need a break, he shouldn’t have said anything.
If Salah, 28, hopes that ambiguous answers of this nature will lead to him moving to Real Madrid or Barcelona soon, his plan is incorrect. They also don’t have the kind of money to convince Liverpool to come to the table.
Liverpool, it should be noted, has no intention of selling a man who has become the club’s greatest striker in the Premier League era since his arrival of £ 36.9m from Roma in 2017. He has surpassed Luis Suarez, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Fernando Torres to become the king of Anfield.
The club was relaxed about this latest interview, just like when he spoke before Christmas and, again, when he made some comments to a Norwegian TV channel in January.
If Salah can’t move, he wants a new contract. His deal will run until 2023, but Liverpool are in no rush to start negotiations. They have taken a universal approach to the squad as a whole after the impact of the pandemic.
What’s great about this interview is the timing – and the choice of publication.
He has guaranteed that there will be a sideshow around every Jurgen Klopp press conference
Marca, of course, has a history of announcing the most wanted of Real Madrid, and it’s sort of a coup d’état for them to get Salah to speak eight days before the clubs in the Champions League.
By saying one day that he hopes to play in Spain, he has guaranteed that before then there will be a sideshow around every Jurgen Klopp press conference and paying extra attention to how the Egyptian is performing.
At a time when Liverpool needs a rest, he shouldn’t have spoken.
While most of Salah’s answers were vanilla – ‘I thought it would be good if we make it to the semi-finals’ and’ both teams are prepared; it’s a special game ‘were two special gems – he’s left doubting his future.
For a man so adept at scoring that he has commanded total admiration, this was a goal of his own.