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Liverpool star Salah has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent days, with the Catalan giants supposedly keen on a deal.

The Egypt international bagged 44 goals across all competitions as the Reds secured a top four finish and reached the Champions League final.

Barcelona’s interest in the Liverpool star seems to stem from Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stall on a Nou Camp move.

Yet Spanish website Don Balon say Salah has no interest in swapping Liverpool for Barcelona.

And that is because of Messi.

The Argentine international has much sway over at the Nou Camp due to his status as club talisman.

But that label has cost Barcelona some big players over the years.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic complained of being in Messi’s shadow during his time in Catalonia, saying: “I’d scored a lot of goals in my first six months and we won two Super Cups. The first six months were perfect.

“After that, we changed system and tactics, and it wasn’t good for me, so the club told me to talk to Guardiola.

“And I told Guardiola that he’d sacrificed the other players for Messi. He told me he understood me.”

Neymar also quit Barcelona after growing tired of performing in Messi’s shadow.

And Don Balon say that, for those reasons, Salah will not leave Liverpool.

Meanwhile, speaking to Express Sport earlier this month, Reds legend Mark Lawrenson expressed a belief Salah would stay.

“Unfortunately, there’s been a history of player sales and that’s just how the football club is – but I really don’t see it at all,” he said.

“He loves playing for Jurgen Klopp, he loves his team-mates and he gets the whole Liverpool thing.

“He’ll already be on big money. Unless Real Madrid say they’ll treble his wages I don’t think he’ll go, but I suppose you never really know.”



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