LIVERPOOL are considering selling unhappy Mohamed Salah, according to his former international team-mate Mohamed Aboutrika.
Salah was left "very disappointed" after being snubbed for the captaincy against Midtjylland earlier this month, with Trent Alexander-Arnold being named skipper instead.
The Anfield favourite has cast doubt on his future by refusing to rule out a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.
And Aboutrika believes a transfer is on the cards after a candid chat with his pal.
He told beIN Sports: "I called Salah about his situation at Liverpool and he is upset, but that would never affect his performance on the field.
"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."
Ex-Egypt star Aboutrika 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."
Salah has scored 110 goals in 173 appearances across all competitions since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017.
The red-hot form has repeatedly sparked links with transfers to Barcelona and Real Madrid, and he could be open to a Spanish switch further down the line.
Speaking to AS last week, Salah said: "I think Madrid and Barcelona are two top clubs.
"Who knows what will happen in the future, but right now I am focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool again."
Salah is under contract until 2023 and is eager to leave a legacy at Anfield.
When quizzed on how long he will stay at the Premier League champions, he said: "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."
Salah stepped off the bench to net twice in Saturday's 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace, and Jurgen Klopp addressed Salah's comments in his post-match press conference.
The Reds boss said: "I have nothing to say. All fine from my side."
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