28-year-old star tipped to stay at Liverpool despite worrying interview

After Steve Nicol criticised Mohamed Salah for his recent interview with Marca, former teammate Michah Richards has come to his defence.

The Egyptian was quoted as discussing a potential move to Spain and Steve Nicol slammed him for making the interview.

HITC quote the Scot as telling ESPN: “First of all, I hate when players talk about their contract that way. They will tell you that they are open to it and then they will tell you that they are happy. How about you just say you are happy then?

“I don’t like it whatsoever, it makes no sense. It just puts more pressure on you and the club, maybe that’s what he is doing, maybe he is trying to force the club.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/GETTY IMAGES.

Micah Richards, who played with Salah at Fiorentina, has come to his defence, telling Sky Sports: “What more do people want from him? 92 goals in 149 appearances for Liverpool. He’s doing his job.

“When I was in Italy with Mo Salah, he absolutely loved Liverpool. He loves Liverpool [now] – I would be surprised if he wanted to go anywhere else.”

The former Chelsea winger bagged again for Liverpool on Saturday evening as he scored his 17th Premier League goal of the season and his 26th in all competitions.

With Real Madrid hosting the Reds in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, Salah will be crucial to his side’s chances of success.

Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah warms up prior to the UEFA Champions League Group D first-leg football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Liverpool FC at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam on October 21, 2020. (Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

As far as his future is concerned, Liverpool fans shouldn’t be concerned by recent comments as his body language on the pitch hasn’t changed one bit and as evidenced by how he bullied Arsenal’s Gabriel, the winger is still ready to fight for his team.

The interview is worrying if you look at it in a vacuum but context is everything. He says that his future at the club isn’t up to him and this just highlights that he is happy to stay at Liverpool.

Even if the 28-year-old does want to leave this summer, he has a contract until June 2023 and Liverpool would demand an extortionate amount of money for his signature which would likely price out most clubs in the world.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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