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Liverpool a Salah "stepping stone" to Real Madrid, Barcelona - Neville

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville feel Mohamed Salah is "under-appreciated" at Liverpool, and have discussed why.

Liverpool a Salah "stepping stone" to Real Madrid, Barcelona - Neville

Mohamed Salah is "under-appreciated" by Liverpool's supporters, says Reds legend Jamie Carragher, while fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville feels the fans do not view the Egyptian as fondly as other Anfield stars because he is using the club as a "stepping stone" to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Salah the only world-class Liverpool player the fans would be open to selling, says Carragher

"I think Mo Salah is seen as world-class by those on the outside, but with Liverpool fans I think he is a little bit under-appreciated," Carragher told the Monday Night Football show after Jürgen Klopp's men beat West Ham 3-2 to re-establish their 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

"Speaking to Liverpool fans and looking at social media, I think Liverpool have got six world-class players. I think they have the goalkeeper [Alisson Becker], Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Salah.

"I think if you asked Liverpool fans whether they would take big money for the other five, they would all say no, no matter what the money. There is no way they would sell Alisson or Van Dijk. But if you offered them £130m for Salah, they would think about it. That is why I say he is under-appreciated."

Salah during Liverpool's Premier League win over West Ham. The Egyptian scored the Reds' second goal as they beat the Hammers 3-2 to move closer to their first English title in 30 years.

"I think there's a feeling that he wants to go and play at Real Madrid, he'll go to Barcelona"

Former Manchester United stalwart Neville added: "I said 18 months ago I thought Mo Salah would leave Liverpool. 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.

"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."