Former Liverpool’s midfielder, Danny Murphy, believes Mohamed Salah is not wrong for leaving his options open amid Barcelona and Real Madrid transfer rumors.
Although it’s been reported by Goal that
will offer a contract extension to
, it has been suggested that the Egyptian intends to take up a new challenge in Spain.
The 28-year-old refused to deny the possibility to join a Spanish giant during an interview last week. Hence, both
have strongly been linked to the Egyptian. "I think Madrid and Barcelona are two top clubs," Salah told AS. "Who knows what will happen in the future."
has scored 110 goals in 173 games for
since he joined the club three-and-half years ago for €42 million from
. Murphy believes the supporters must focus on Salah’s outstanding performance instead of his comments in the media and his decision to leave the possibility of a departure alive is normal.
"Salah should receive a great reception from the 2,000 fans inside Anfield for Sunday's game at West Brom
", Murphy told the Daily Mail.
"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.
"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.
"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."
said he was disappointed as the armband was passed to
instead of him against
has admitted came as a surprise to him. However,
believes the Egyptian’s passion for the captaincy is an example of his commitment to
cause. He said:
"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."