Mohamed Salah's future at Liverpool has been a long-standing debate.

Indeed, speculation surrounding where he'd move next started as early as his first season at Anfield.

The Egyptian had truly announced himself on the European stage in 2017/18 and the numbers he produced - 44 goals in all competitions - led to widespread belief he was destined for Spain with Real Madrid or Barcelona.

And it's never really let up since.

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Even in December last year, he caused a stir with his comments to Spanish outlet AS regarding his future: “That’s a tough question,” he said. “Right now, I can say that everything is in the hands of the club.

“I think Madrid and Barcelona are two top clubs - who knows what will happen in future."

A year on, he remains embroiled in contract negotiations and enters the final two years of his current deal - time is ticking and the longer discussions go on without resolution, the more alert European clubs will become.

Salah's future was a topic of discussion on Sky Sports' recent edition of 'The Overlap' and pundit Gary Neville insisted the 29-year-old 'will want to go' to one of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.

“There’s a project and there’s something they have to achieve in their lives. They have to play at certain clubs, they have to go and experience certain things," the former Manchester United defender said.

“I know it’s not great at the moment at Barcelona and Madrid but I think he has to have that on his CV at the end of his career."

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Of course, the Spanish giants remain European powerhouses, no matter how far they fall or the financial struggles they face - it's only a matter of time before they return to the very top of the pyramid.

Some players do, for personal reasons, have a desire to play for those clubs. But Salah doesn't need a big money move to prove he's one of the best in the world, he's doing exactly that at Anfield.

He's been arguably the most integral player to Liverpool's recent success. He's won the Champions League, Premier League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup while on Merseyside.

His individual honours list is even more expansive and includes countless Player of the Year awards, a Puskas award, two African Footballer of the year awards, among Ballon d'Or nominations.

Salah's business at Liverpool is far from over. He's well on his way to cementing himself as one of the greatest in the club's history and there are plenty of records left to be broken.

Neville said it himself, he named 'the project' and 'achieving something' as reasons to sign for a club.

Right now, the project at Liverpool is equally as enticing as it was when he signed four years ago - except now he has the trophies and awards already under his belt.

The contract he signs will be the biggest of his career - and likely the biggest Liverpool have ever handed out - as he turns 30 next year. It's a huge decision for any player.

But, moving clubs comes with an element of risk and there are plenty of former Reds that illustrate just how quickly those 'dream moves' can turn sour.

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Indeed, what good did the 'project' of Barcelona do Philippe Coutinho? And did Fernando Torres truly get satisfaction out of the trophies he won at Chelsea?

As both players quickly found out, their success at Liverpool was no guarantee of a starting place at their new clubs, where 'projects' change as quickly as managers and big money signings are quickly discarded for the next big thing.

It may be wishful thinking on Neville's part, but does he really believe that Salah doesn't have a 'project' at Liverpool? Or that the Egyptian has really any more chance of 'achieving something' at the club's he's mentioned?

'I could be wrong,' Neville admitted, and the former Manchester United full-back has been wrong before. Indeed, it was two summers ago that he predicted Salah would leave Liverpool and his old team would win the Premier League.

We all remember how that turned out.

Salah will be able to continue proving he's one of the best in the world at Liverpool, he doesn't need the glamour of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.