DANNY MURPHY: Wherever Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah ends up, you cannot fault him since he joined the club… let’s enjoy him while he’s still at his goalscoring peak
- Prolific Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has hinted that he could leave Liverpool
- The potent Premier League hitman is at his peak and could seek a move to Spain
- Ex-Reds midfielder Danny Murphy believes Salah should be universally admired
Mo Salah should receive a great reception from the 2,000 fans inside Anfield for Sunday’s game at West Brom. If anyone gives him stick because of an interview he gave to Spanish media, they are out of order.
All Salah did was fail to commit the rest of his career to Liverpool or close the door completely on a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.
As a fan, you’d want him to nail his colours to the mast and shoot down any transfer speculation immediately but if you think about it from Salah’s point of view, it is understandable.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (left) would undoubtedly want Mohamed Salah to stay at the club
Klopp and Reds fans are unsure how much longer hitman Salah will be wearing their shirt for
He didn’t grow up in England, his family may want to live in a warmer climate or different culture. I’d have played forever at Liverpool if I’d been a guaranteed pick like Salah but these days it’s normal for players to leave themselves options.
I always think it is best to judge players by their workrate and performances on the pitch and you cannot fault Salah this season or at any time since he joined the club.
He is in brilliant goalscoring form and we should focus on that rather than what may or may not happen in the future.
Salah was deadly in the victory at Crystal Palace but hinted beforehand that he could depart
Liverpool’s hopes of future title triumphs could take a tumble without the potent Egypt striker
At the very earliest, Salah will leave in the summer, and even that is far from clear. So let’s enjoy him while we can and hope he continues his purple patch so that Liverpool can win the Premier League again and reclaim the Champions League.
He was only being honest in the interview so don’t let it change your view of him as a person.
It’s clear he doesn’t like being substituted and was cross that he was overlooked as captain for the last European game in Denmark. Good.
For me, it shows someone who has pride and passion. It tells you someone who cares. I don’t see that as a fault.
Dele Alli’s future should be for Jose Mourinho to decide
However Dele Alli’s future is settled, it will be Jose Mourinho’s choice and Tottenham will back their manager.
Chairman Daniel Levy made his most important statement when he appointed Mourinho. It was essentially a sign of how badly he wanted success.
Having made that choice, he will allow Mourinho to run the team his way and decide who comes and goes, rather than regard Dele as a pet project who must be nurtured and kept at the club at all cost.
Although I am a big fan of Dele and the speed with which he made an impression in the Premier League and for England, it has gone badly for him lately, culminating in Mourinho blaming him for conceding a goal at Stoke last week.
Like Salah, Tottenham star Dele Alli is not a player who takes being substituted in good grace
If a new challenge comes up, taking that on might not be a bad decision for him. He’s only 24 with plenty of football to come.
I think Mourinho is primarily trying to motivate him — we saw him do the same last season with Tanguy Ndombele — but if a Paris Saint-Germain or a Champions League club came in, a parting of the ways may suit everyone.
Tongues will wag if Mauricio Pochettino takes the PSG job, though given the array of attacking talent they already have I’m not sure that Dele going there would necessarily be a great fit at the moment.
Ability-wise, there is no question about Dele. But I left Liverpool in 2004, a club I supported as a kid and love to this day, because I wanted to play more football.
You can see by Dele’s body language this has been a frustrating time. I don’t think he will want to stick around much longer if he isn’t getting game time.
Alli was clearly fuming after being subbed at Stoke, demonstrating his frustration in the stands
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