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Jamie Carragher believes Mohamed Salah will remain at Liverpool after facing a similar fate to Tottenham star Harry Kane.

Salah did not rule out a future move to Barcelona or Real Madrid at the end of last year and speculation over his future has lingered since.

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Salah is a big part of Liverpool’s future but even if he did eye a move, Carragher is not confident in his chances of securing a deal.

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Speaking on The Robbie Fowler Podcast, Carragher declared Spain’s two giants would not spend over £100 million ($A180m) on Salah.

“I think he’ll be there (at Liverpool) for the next few years. I think he’s in a similar position to Harry Kane,” said Carragher.

“They’re possibly the two best goal scorers in the Premier League right now.

“They’re at an age where no-one is going to pay big money for them.

“I think they’ve probably missed the boat if they ever did want to go; whether that is to a Real Madrid or a Barcelona. Whether it’s Harry Kane going to Man Utd or Man City.

“For both of those players, I think you’re talking £120m ($A216m) plus, maybe more, and I just don’t think anyone will spend that much on players of that age now.”

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Instead, he argued that Barcelona or Real Madrid would find more long-term value in signing either Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe, even if it cost more.

“I think they’d look more at paying £200m ($A360m) for Mbappe because of the longevity,” he added.

“It’s maybe the same for Haaland as well, they’d get so much more out of those two.

“I think both of those players have missed the boat basically. Also the situation with Covid and finances; the two Spanish giants have got no more.

“Liverpool wouldn’t let Salah go to anyone else in this country. And would you want to play for PSG instead of Liverpool? I would be very surprised if he did in the French league. I think Salah is here to stay.”


Meanwhile, speaking of Haaland, the Daily Star’s Paul Brown reports that Chelsea are going to do everything they can to snare the Belgium star – even if it means breaking a personal rule.

“Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to make it his personal mission to sign Erling Haaland this summer,” he writes.

“And that is despite Chelsea once insisting they would never again do business with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola.”

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Chelsea’s issue with Raiola stemmed from the handling of Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United instead of the Blues in 2017 after believing he was heading their way.

Now Chelsea have a chance to steal Haaland away from United, who along with Manchester City and Real Madrid are understood to be in the hunt for the Borussia Dortmund ace.

Haaland has scored 31 goals in 30 games this season and any potential move for him would be dependant on Chelsea finishing in the top four as he is eyeing a move to a Champions League team.

Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around £64m ($A115m) and it can be triggered in the summer of 2022.

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Celtic failed in their latest Champions League campaign Wednesday, going down 2-1 after extra-time at Denmark’s Midtjylland as the Scots crashed out in the second round of qualifying 3-2 on aggregate.

Celtic, the first British club ever to be crowned European champions in 1967, getting in a year ahead of Manchester United, had only themselves to blame as they squandered the lead to drop into the far less lucrative Europa League, where they will now take on Czech side Jablonec.

Callum McGregor fired in a scorcher to give them hope, volleying home following a corner to put Celtic ahead three minutes after half-time.

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James Forrest should then have all but killed the tie, only to fluff a gilt-edged chance for the visitors just after coming on.

The Glaswegians, under their new Australian coach Ange Postecoglou, lived to regret that as Midtjylland drew level just after the hour as Awer Mabil, with 17 Australia caps to his credit, headed beyond keeper Scott Bain.

Celtic promptly fell behind on the night and on aggregate four minutes into the first period of extra-time, Raphael Onyedika firing home from close range amid confusion in the Celtic defence after a freekick routine.

The reaction was fierce post-game but in defence of Postecoglou.

“No surprise Celtic going out,” ex-Celtic player Chris Sutton tweeted.

“Ange Postecoglou has been dealt the worst hand of any Celtic manager in the last 20 years. The powers that be should be ashamed of dealing him this hand.

“Years of acting too slow and bringing in players too late but this season is something else.”

Speaking on Premier Sports, Sutton was adamant none of the blame should be placed on Postecoglou.

“Dominic McKay should be phoning up Ange Postecglou and apologising,” he said.

“This is on the board and not the manager”

John Hartson, meanwhile, warned that a return towards consistent success will not come quickly.

“Celtic are in a massive transition,” he said on Premier Sports.

“It’s going to take, for me, two years to get back on track.”

“It’s a huge blow but I think you’ll find a huge number of Celtic supporters who won’t be surprised,” Sky Sports expert Andy Walker said.

“The lack of preparation for season-defining games has left the new manager cruelly exposed.”

The loss was described as a “catastrophe” but Postecoglou hit back in an interview with BBC, declaring: “This is far from the end”.

“It’s pretty strong language mate, I don’t know what your version of catastrophic is but it certainly doesn’t fit my definition of what happened tonight,” he said.

“This is obviously a disappointing night, disappointing we didn’t get through, I can’t fault the effort of the players, I think they worked their socks off, we controlled the game.

“We scored and then had a good chance to go 2-0 up and then straight away they scored and we lost a bit of momentum.

“No, catastrophic to me means the end. This is far from the end.

“You are suggesting this is a club falling apart and our season is finished, I don’t see it that way.

“Yes, it’s absolutely disappointing, Champions League football is a priority but I can’t ask any more of the players.

“We have our league campaign starting on Saturday.

“Blame? We don’t blame people, I take responsibility, the responsibility is mine.

“You are using really strong language for something I don’t think merits that sort of view.”

The Danes now go on to face experienced Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven, who won 2-1 away at Turkey’s Galatasaray for a 7-2 aggregate success, in the third qualifying round.

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