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Paul Merson gives his thoughts on Mo Salah's muted celebrations for Liverpool

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Mohamed Salah looked somewhere back to his best for Liverpool against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday evening.

The Egyptian International scored twice in the Reds' 4-0 win, with his attacking partners Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both on the scoresheet as well.

It was the second game in a row Salah has scored in after his winning goal against Huddersfield in the Premier League.

However, the Egyptian sparked debate among football fans due to his muted celebrations against Red Star.

Last season, the former Chelsea man was always smiling and celebrating after his goals, but that certainly wasn't the case on Wednesday.

And often controversial Gillette Soccer Saturday regular Paul Merson has given his take on the matter.

"Mo Salah's goals record for Liverpool is phenomenal but it's only a matter of time until Real Madrid come calling," Merson told the Daily Star.

"That's some record, to be the fastest man to score 50 for Liverpool, especially when people are saying you are having a bad season!

"But if he keeps on scoring Madrid will come calling.

Salah on the ball vs Red Star

"How can they not? They need to do something big and they will want him in January. They are struggling like mad. If Salah wanted to go, Liverpool would be powerless to stop him.

"I can't remember the last player to say 'no' to Real Madrid or Barcelona. It's another level. Salah doesn't look happy at Liverpool at the moment and we've seen this before.

"I watched him score against Huddersfield and his body language looked terrible. That would worry me if I was a Liverpool fan.

"If you take his goals away they're not title contenders any more. Liverpool fans have seen big players leave before. They would be fuming if Salah left too.

Salah vs Red Star

"But this is what happens when you're successful in the Premier League. The even bigger clubs come calling."

Merson then discussed the prospect of Salah playing with Sergio Ramos, the man who injured him in the Champions League final.

He said: "There was plenty of bad blood after last season's final with what happened between Salah and Sergio Ramos. But would that stop him going there if they come in for him? No chance.

"Liverpool look like they could be around for a long time with the team they have now. So losing such a big part of if would be devastating for the fans.

Salah & Ramos

"But I wouldn't be shocked if Real Madrid make a big bid in January, and you know how these things work, there might already be some contact."

Topics:
Football
Red Star Belgrade
Sadio Mane
Roberto Firmino
Mohamed Salah
Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid
Premier League
Liverpool

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