Liverpool coach responds to claim Salah is "unhappy" and Reds looking to sell

Liverpool coach Gary O'Neil has responded to claims Mohamed Salah is unhappy at Liverpool and the Reds are looking to sell him.

Salah's former international team-mate Mohamed Aboutrika made the bombshell claim that the Egyptian is unsettled at Anfield.

He claimed Salah was annoyed at not being made captain against FC Midtjylland and that, in his opinion, Liverpool might be willing to cash in on him.

O'Neil, who is the under-23s assistant coach at Liverpool, has played down this notion, saying from what he has seen the striker is far from unhappy at Anfield.

O'Neil told talkSPORT: "What I'm hearing about how hard he works in training and how bubbly he is around the ground, I don't see it being an issue.

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"Players will give interviews and, sometimes, especially when they are done in other countries and other languages, there will be stuff that comes back.

"I think you have to judge him on his performances and for me he doesn't look like a guy unhappy at Liverpool Football Club.

"What I hear about how he trains and how hard he works he definitely doesn't give off the notion that he is unhappy."

It was Salah who first sparked the suggestion he may be unhappy at Liverpool when admitting he was annoyed at not being made captain in the Champions League.

He told AS: "Honestly, I was very disappointed. I was hoping to be the captain, but it's a coach's decision. I accept it."

Salah also told the Spanish paper: "Who knows what will happen. But right now I am focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool again."

When pressed to give a more extensive answer, he added: "That's a tough question, but right now I can say that everything is in the hands of the club.

"Of course I want to break records here and, I repeat, all the club records, but everything is in the hands of the club."

Adding more insight to Salah's situation, Aboutrika hinted there were other reasons why the Liverpool star is unhappy on Merseyside.

"I called Salah about his situation at Liverpool and he is upset, but that would never affect his performance on the field," Aboutrika told beIN Sports.

"I know that Salah is not happy in Liverpool, he told me the reasons why he is not happy but they are secrets and I cannot talk about it in public.

"One of the reasons that made Salah angry was that he was not the captain against Midtjylland."

He added: "If Salah was a player at Real Madrid or Barcelona, and playing at the same level as Liverpool, he would've won the Ballon d'Or, and it is normal for a Spanish newspaper to ask Salah about Real Madrid and Barcelona.

"In my opinion, Liverpool are considering selling Salah for economic purposes.

"I do not have any influence over Salah's decisions, he is my friend and brother, and he is smart enough to know what is best for him."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hasn't responded to the latest claims Salah is unhappy, but did refer to the interview in AS.

"I have nothing to say [about the AS interview]. All fine from my side," he said.

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