LIVERPOOL will consider selling Mohamed Salah in the next 18 months with his contract running down, according to Gary Neville.
The Reds forward, 28, has been linked with a move away after his former team-mate Mohamed Aboutrika revealed he was 'unhappy' at Anfield.
Salah is believed to be upset after being snubbed for the captaincy against Midtjylland earlier this month, with local lad Trent Alexander-Arnold named skipper instead.
The Egyptian ace then refused to deny a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona during an interview with Spanish publication AS.
Despite the speculation, SunSport understands Jurgen Klopp and the Kop hierarchy are completely happy with the free-scoring forward and have no thoughts of offloading him.
But Sky Sports pundit Neville believes the Premier League champions will be forced to consider cashing in within 18 months to avoid losing him for nothing.
On the speculation, Neville – speaking on Monday Night Football – said: “I thought Salah would always leave Liverpool.
"I said it a couple of years ago – maybe prematurely – I always thought he would want to explore playing in a different country, so [the rumours] don't surprise me.
“The reason I've always chosen him over [Sadio] Mane is because Salah is cold-blooded.
"Mane is a team-player but Salah is cold-blooded, which is not negative but it makes Liverpool vicious as a team.
“He's the type who will do it again and again and not stop.
"That's maybe why Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, whoever is after him, is probably interested."
Neville went on to say while Liverpool won't feel pressured into selling Salah, they will need to make a decision in the next 18 months.
Salah – who scored twice off the bench in the 7-0 mauling of Crystal Palace – currently has two-and-a-half years left on his contract.
And the Reds won't want to get themselves into a position where they risk losing him for free in 2023, with Nev suggesting they could cash in before the end of the 2021-22 season.
Neville continued: "I don't think Liverpool at this time will be forced to sell.
“There will be a decision in next 18 months about what to do with him.
"If he doesn't sign a new contract either you have to let his contract run down, which they won't do, or cash in on him and bring in someone else.”
Meanwhile, Neville's fellow MNF pundit Jamie Carragher isn't worried about the speculation surrounding Salah.
The Kop idol claimed the Egyptian winger having plenty of time left on his contract AND his potential suitors all becoming fading forces means Liverpool are in a strong position.
Carra said: "[Real Madrid and Barcelona] have fallen so far now.
"Salah has two-and-a-half years to go [on his contract], so I'm not looking at it as too much of a problem.
"Real Madrid spent a lot of money on [Eden] Hazard when he was at that age… 28, 29.
"Salah's getting to that age now and I just think when you're going to spend that real big money you want them to be more like 25, 26 when you're getting real value for them.
"I think if he did go – and I don't see it – I think it would be big money for Liverpool."
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