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'I Always Said Salah Would Leave Liverpool'

With Mohamed Salah reportedly unhappy at Liverpool and said to be interested in a potential move to either Real Madrid or FC Barcelona, Gary Neville has insisted he always believed the African superstar would eventually seek to leave the Reds.

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The Egyptian's long-term future with the Premier League champions appears uncertain following comments made by his compatriot and friend Mohamed Aboutrika.

The Pharaohs icon claimed to have spoken to Salah about his current situation at Liverpool, reportedly stating that he knows for sure that the former Chelsea and Roma winger is unhappy at the Merseyside club.

Salah also caused a ripple when he suggested that anything can happen regarding his future amid rumours that he could join Los Blancos or Barcelona, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will actively try to leave the Reds.

Neville, a former Manchester United captain who has worked as a pundit for a few years now, is not surprised there is speculation surrounding Salah's future at Anfield.

"I thought Salah would always leave Liverpool," he said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show.

"I said it a couple of years ago but it was perhaps a bit premature, but I just always had the feeling that he would want to go and explore the feeling of playing in a different country, that he would have aspirations to do so, so it doesn't surprise me."

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Neville went on to reveal why he would choose Salah over Sadio Mane, whom, incidentally, the Egyptian has reportedly clashed with on a few occasions over the past four years.

"The reason I have always chosen Salah over Mane is because he is cold-blooded," he added.

"Mane is a team player, he would put the team first; Salah is cold-blooded but that's not a negative. That makes Liverpool vicious as a team because he's the type to do it again and again, he will not stop.

"That's probably why the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain are probably in his ear.

"He's got two-and-a-half years on his contract, I don't think Liverpool would be forced to sell and they won't be messed around because they've got a strength and authority there in Jurgen Klopp, so they can just relax a little bit.

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"But there will come a decision in the next six months, the next 18 months, on what to do with him because if he doesn't sign a new contract, they won't let him run the contract down, and they'll see an opportunity to bring in someone else."

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