Liverpool has benched Mohamed Salah for their trip to Crystal Palace after the forward sent shockwaves around the club after refusing to rule out future moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona
Mohamed Salah is a star at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp since joining the club from Roma in 2017. The 28-year-old Egyptian has scored 108 goals in 172 appearances for the club on his way to claiming the Champions League and the Premier League titles.
These achievements have seen Salah linked with Spanish giants including Real Madrid and Barcelona. When asked if he would rule out a move to La Liga in the future, the forward failed to do so.
He said, “I think Real Madrid and Barcelona are two top clubs. Who knows what will happen in the future? But right now I can say that everything is in the hands of the club”.
“Of course I want to break records here and I repeat, all the club records”.
The Egypt international – who has had to make do with a starting spot on the bench at Selhurst Park – also admitted he was hugely disappointed not to be handed the captain’s armband for the club’s final Champions League group match against Midtjylland earlier this month.
Klopp put out a rather inexperienced side in the 1-1 draw in Denmark with the Reds already having qualified for the last-16 of the competition, but Salah was one of the few regulars who did figure from the start.
The Egyptian opened the scoring in the first minute but did so in a side led by 22-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold, a decision Salah admitted he was frustrated with but one he must now accept.
Honestly, I was very disappointed, I was hoping to be the captain. But it’s a coach’s decision. I accept it”. Added Salah.
Meanwhile, this season Liverpool currently sit top of the table in their bid to secure consecutive Premier League titles.
Their lead over second-place Tottenham currently stands at three points after 13 games after a 2-1 victory against Jose Mourinho’s men in midweek.
But Salah, whose side face Crystal Palace in Saturday’s 12:30 pm kick-off, was keen to state there is too much of the season remaining to brand his team favorites for the crown again.
“I think it is a bit early to say that [Liverpool are title favorites], but yes, we are doing well just like other teams. I hope we have the best chance of winning it”.