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'Salah did not grow up dreaming of playing for Liverpool'

2018-03-22 07:42
Mohamed Salah (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Liverpool are at risk of losing Mohamed Salah to Real Madrid, having set a precedent by previously selling their star players.

Salah leads the race for the Premier League Golden Boot with 28 goals in his first season for the Reds. Although his sudden rise has lifted them into the top four, Wright feels it may come at a cost.

Speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate, the former Gunners striker said: "Anyone that has come into the Premier League and scored that amount of goals, you're going to court that kind of attention.

"I didn't think he'd have that kind of impact, but when you have had such an impact, you are going to court attention. What clubs will have seen with Liverpool is that if you keep pressing for one of their players, you might get them in the end.

"This is the problem Liverpool will have. If Salah continues this kind of scoring next season, they will be courting him.

"Not being disrespectful to Liverpool, but Salah won't have grown up dreaming of playing for Liverpool.

"If Real Madrid come knocking, he's going to be taking notice of that. Losing Salah would be a much bigger loss than losing [Philippe] Coutinho."

Wright was speaking as a guest alongside former Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy, who claimed a transfer in the immediate future is unlikely.

"If I was Liverpool, I'd take it as a compliment," the Welshman said. "Why wouldn't top clubs be interested? I'd be worried if they weren't. Real Madrid and Barcelona, who could be prepared to pay big money, will surely want to see another year from Salah.

"There are other players out there that have proved themselves over two or three years who might be closer to going to those types of clubs.

"Those types of clubs are the pinnacle of football. If they come in for you, you want to be a part of that. They are on another planet, but I don't see it happening this summer."

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