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MO DOUBTS Full version of quotes from Mo Salah's team-mate puts a different perspective on his Liverpool future

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Mohamed Salah of Liverpool looks on during the warm up prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool looks on during the warm up prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

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Mohamed Salah of Liverpool looks on during the warm up prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

First there was the interview and now comes the intervention from his friend and team-mate.

Mohamed Salah's comments offered up to a Spanish outlet hinting he may be open to leaving Liverpool set tongues wagging at the start of a weekend that ended with views offered up by his friend and international team-mate Mohamed Aboutrika claiming he is 'not happy at Liverpool' and the club are openly looking to sell him.

If one was an annoyance, the second coming a couple of days later leaves Liverpool fans wondering whether they are witnessing the start of a push by Salah to plot a route out of Liverpool.

While hard to know why any footballer would be thinking about leaving a magnificent and all-conquering team that appear to have the Premier League title firmly in their grasp for the foreseeable future, yet we may have reached a point where Salah needs to explain a chain of events that can only lead to one conclusion.

In his interview AS in Spain, Salah hinted he was unhappy at not being handed the captain's armband by manager Jurgen Klopp for the Champions League game against FC Midtjylland earlier this month, while suggesting his future is in the hands of the club.

When asked about his future at Liverpool, he is quoted as saying: "That's a tough question, 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, but everything is in the hands of the club.

"I think I have broken a few records, I wish I could break all the records for the club, that would be nice, but the team comes first before any record. But as much as you keep breaking records and winning games, that's great also."

He went on to express his admiration for Real Madrid and Barcelona, in comments that cannot have been well received by his employers, who like to assert control over what their players say to the media.

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores his sides seventh goal during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PA Photo.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores his sides seventh goal during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PA Photo.

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores his sides seventh goal during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PA Photo.

Coming from a player who has a contract that runs until the summer of 2023, they were strange quotes to give to a media outlet and now comes comments from Salah's friend Aboutrika, who appeared on beIN Sport discussing Salah's position at Liverpool.

"In my personal opinion and I might be wrong, his happiness after the [Palace] game, I sense he didn’t feel much happiness, same with the Tottenham match," said Aboutrika, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

"He did an interview after the Midtjylland match where he expressed he wanted to made captain but he respects the manager's decision.

"It’s good to be captain and put on your CV you’ve been captain. It’s good that an Arab is captain of a club like Liverpool.

"He’s scored so many goals for Liverpool, he is a star. Salah must channel his energy to Klopp and not hold it in.

"The evidence you can see suggests that he isn’t happy, but that doesn’t mean I want him to go, no. I want him to stay and be comfortable and be pampered because he is a star.

"He knows himself and his situation better than anyone. He knows what the club is like. He is also now playing at a huge club, that has a great project and a great coach.

"The other projects in Europe still haven't started yet. Barcelona is still rebuilding. Real Madrid has a lot of stars and still hasn't started a transition phase where they will buy more players, likely at the start of next season.

"We should not really jump the gun. He is a big player, and knows what suits him best. Changing clubs is not easy for Salah. He is an expensive player. He would cost upwards of €150m, so who can today can afford that - as well as convincing Liverpool to let him go?"

While Klopp was keen sidestep any questions about Salah's interview after Saturday's 7-0 win at Crystal Palace, this story now has enough layers to it to suggest clarification is needed from either the player, his manager or the club before the rumours spiral out of control.

What happens next will say much about where this story is heading.

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