Liverpool fans have raised concerns that Mohamed Salah may be departing the club after observing his actions during Sunday’s match against Aston Villa.
Liverpool secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over Villa at Anfield, propelling Jurgen Klopp’s team to third place in the Premier League following the win.
Dominik Szoboszlai opened the scoring for the home side with a superb strike early in the game to open his account for Liverpool. The lead was then doubled through a Matty Cash own goal after Darwin Nunez hit the post.
Nunez played a part in Liverpool’s third goal, flicking a corner to Salah, who scored at the back post. This marked Salah’s 188th goal for Liverpool and could potentially be his last, as he has been strongly linked with a move to Saudi Arabia.
Reports suggested that Saudi Pro League club Al Ittihad had a £150 million bid rejected by Liverpool for the 31-year-old earlier in the week, but they are expected to return with an improved offer, as the transfer window for Saudi clubs remains open until September 7.
Salah has remained tight-lipped about his future, but some fans believe they’ve spotted indications that he could be on the verge of leaving.
After grabbing his goal against Villa, Salah had a strangely muted celebration and did not appear to smile – although he did gesture in the direction of The Kop after hugging his teammates.
Reds supporters believe it could be a sign that he is set to move to Saudi Arabia, with Al Ittihad reportedly ready to offer Liverpool as much as £200m – a price the Merseyside club would struggle to turn down.
Darwin Nunez to Mohamed Salah and
Mo Salah has a goal! 🔴⚽🔥
— The Captain 🇮🇩 (@Footballers501) September 3, 2023
🎥 Mohamed Salah en pleurs après son dernier match avec Liverpool ! 😢
— Saudi League FR 🇫🇷 (@SaudiLeagueFR) September 3, 2023
“Anyone else think Salah didn’t celebrate like normal when he scored?,” one concerned supporter posted on X.
Another added: “Salah, no smile, no look at the Kop, he’s gone. Last goal, crying here.”
“Salah smile plssssss,” posted another.
A fourth added: “I hope I am wrong but I think Salah is off to Saudi.”
While another wrote: “Can’t be the only one wondering why Salah didn’t celebrate.”
Speaking ahead of the match, Klopp played down the reports linking Salah with a move to Saudi Arabia – insisting he remains part of his plans for the season.
Asked if he had to think about selecting Salah or not, Klopp laughed before saying: “I didn’t have to! It’s a media story and it never came through. I have a big desk in my office, a lot of papers, laptop, iPad and none of them are busy with this kind of news.
“I have a lot of other things to do and we didn’t even think about it. Mo has had a completely normal, good training week. There was nothing from my point of view to think about.”