Mo Salah’s future is on debate following his recent comments to the media which seemed to have an ulterior motive though the forward may no longer have similar leverage.

Since Mohamed Salah’s arrival at Anfield, his superstar status has sky-rocketed. After his bright first season at Liverpool, the forward has gone on to become a domestic, European, and World Champion. Also, he finished as the club’s top scorer for three seasons running.

But, all good things eventually come to an end. Speculations have already accumulated and began to swirl around Salah’s next move. Moreover, the Egyptian himself has set tongues wagging while Garry Neville predicts he (Salah) would leave Liverpool sooner rather than later.

All exit talks associated with the forward has largely been as a result of his own doing. Last month, Salah made an interview to a Spanish publication during which he referred to both Barcelona and Real Madrid as “top clubs”, thus setting the rumor mill in motion.

He said, “We never know what is going to happen in the future. But right now I’m focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League again with my club”.

But rather than his praise of the La Liga giants being a “come and get me plea”, it was deemed as more of a tactic to force Liverpool chiefs to the negotiating table. It served as a firm reminder to his employers that his current deal will soon be up for renewal.

Suppose Salah was hoping his ploy would set panic wheels in motion at Liverpool, he was barking up the wrong tree. Liverpool has shown themselves to be shrewd operators in the transfer market in recent years, with sporting director Michael Edwards at the helm.

And the club will not be held to ransom by any player. They have proved that much in their discussions with Georginio Wijnaldum. Like the Dutch midfielder, Liverpool will not want to lose Salah for anything when the time comes but are fairly relaxed about the whole situation.

Salah still has another two years left to run on his contract beyond the end of this season for starters. That takes him up to the age of 31, which arguably is the point when the forward could easily dictate his own terms.