Mohamed Salah is unhappy at Liverpool and, according to his former international team-mate Mohamed Aboutrika, the Reds are considering cashing in on the Egyptian.
The 28-year-old was especially upset that he was not made captain for the recent Champions League tie against FC Midtjylland, Aboutrika says, although there are other explanations why he is unsettled at Anfield.
Aboutrika told beIN Sports, “I called Salah about his situation at Liverpool and he is upset, but that would never affect his performance on the field.”
I know Salah’s not happy in Liverpool, he told me why he’s not happy, but they’re secrets, and I can’t speak openly about them. One of the reasons that irritated Salah was that he was not Midtjylland’s captain.
Salah publicly expressed his disappointment that the armband against Midtjylland was not issued, telling AS that he was “very disappointed” by the decision.
As the most experienced player in the squad, the former Roma and Chelsea forward were supposed to be appointed captain, but the armband was instead worn by 22-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.
On Saturday, Salah was dropped to the bench for Liverpool’s game at Crystal Palace, while Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said after a hectic stretch of the season he was simply giving him a break. Salah came off the bench, however, and scored a brace in a 7-0 thrashing of Palace.
Salah also reiterated his appreciation for Real Madrid and Barcelona in the same interview, two clubs that were frequently linked to a move for the former Basel star.
Aboutrika expects his friend and former teammate one day to transfer to one of the Spanish giants, assuming Liverpool will find too much to refuse with a big-money deal.