'Salah using Liverpool for Real, Barca'

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Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah is 'using' the club ahead of a move to Real Madrid or FC Barcelona, according to a Premier League icon.

Salah, 27, has developed into one of the most prolific forwards in the European football since joining the club from AS Roma in a €42 million transfer from AS Roma in July 2017.

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With Salah having scored 69 Premier League goals in 12 games less than Luis Suarez at the European champions, he is considered as one of the club's greatest scorers ever.

And eight-time league winner Garry Neville believes the Egypt international is biding his time before a lucrative switch to LaLiga.

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"I said 18 months ago I thought Mo Salah would leave Liverpool," Neville said on Monday Night Football.

"I think it's a little bit more simple in the sense of why Liverpool fans maybe don't demonstrate that love for Salah, and it's affinity and loyalty.

"I think there's a feeling that he wants to go and play at Real Madrid, he'll go to Barcelona - he'll take the big move."

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He added: "That's not a criticism of Mo Salah. I played with David Beckham, I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy, I played with Cristiano Ronaldo.

"They wanted to aspire to win the Ballon d'Or, they wanted to be at Real Madrid, they wanted to be up in lights and play at the biggest clubs in the world.

"I think there's a feeling: affinity, loyalty, will he leave us? I think he could. I think he is ultimately using Liverpool potentially as a stepping stone for his career.

"He has aspirations to be [at a club like Madrid or Barça]. Let's be honest, Real Madrid and Barcelona for a lot of players are the pinnacle."