Mohamed Salah is using Liverpool as a 'stepping stone,' claims Gary Neville


Mohamed Salah continued his fine form against West Ham on Monday night as he helped Liverpool take another step towards Premier League glory.

Salah scored his fourth goal in his last four league appearances as Jurgen Klopp’s side survived a scare to win 3-2.

They now need just four more wins to lift the trophy.

While Liverpool go in search of their first Premier League title, Salah is searching for his third consecutive Golden Boot.

He’s now two goals behind joint-leaders Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jamie Vardy.

What an incredible signing the Egyptian has been.

However, on Monday Night Football, club legend Jamie Carragher suggested he isn’t quite as loved by Liverpool fans as you’d expect.

"I think Mo Salah is seen as world-class by those on the outside, but with Liverpool fans, I think he is a little bit under-appreciated," Carragher said on Sky Sports.

"Speaking to Liverpool fans and looking at social media, I think Liverpool have got six world-class players. I think they have the goalkeeper [Alisson Becker], Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Salah.


"I think if you asked Liverpool fans whether they would take big money for the other five, they would all say no, no matter what the money. There is no way they would sell Alisson or Van Dijk. But if you offered them £130m for Salah, they would think about it. That is why I say he is under-appreciated."

Colleague Gary Neville suggested it’s because they fear Salah is just using Liverpool as a “stepping stone”.

"I said 18 months ago I thought Mo Salah would leave Liverpool. I think it's a little bit more simple in the sense of why Liverpool fans maybe don't demonstrate that love for Salah, and it's affinity and loyalty," Neville.

"I think there's a feeling that he wants to go and play at Real Madrid, he'll go to Barcelona - he'll take the big move.

"That's not a criticism of Mo Salah. I played with David Beckham, I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy, played with Cristiano Ronaldo - they wanted to aspire to win the Ballon d'Or, they wanted to be at Real Madrid, they wanted to be up in lights and play at the biggest clubs in the world.

I think there's a feeling, affinity, loyalty, will he leave us? I think he could. I think he is ultimately using Liverpool potentially as a stepping stone for his career. He has aspirations to be [at a club like Madrid or Barça]. Let's be honest, Real Madrid and Barcelona for a lot of players are the pinnacle.

Maybe it's just wishful thinking on Neville's part.

But there's no doubt about it, Liverpool have lost players to Real Madrid and Barcelona in the past and they will be praying that it doesn't happen again with Salah.

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