Jürgen Klopp on Mohamed Salah's future

Press conferenceJürgen Klopp on Mohamed Salah's future

Published 12th January 2022
By Sam Williams

Jürgen Klopp was asked about Mohamed Salah’s future during Wednesday’s press conference.

Read every word Liverpool’s boss said about Salah below…

On Salah’s latest comments regarding his contract situation…

First and foremost, nowadays especially, I think it’s dangerous with these interview things when you didn’t speak to the player himself. So, there is nothing what would be unexpected. We know, I know, Mo wants to stay, we want Mo to stay. That’s the point where we are and that these things take time, I cannot change. Sorry. But I think it’s all in a good place. Nothing else to say.

On whether he can allay concerns that a deal may not be reached…

I’m very positive about it but I don’t think it makes sense that you speak on behalf of the fans because I’m pretty sure the fans are not as nervous as you are. They know the club pretty long and know the people dealing here with the different things pretty long, so I think there are enough reasons for being positive but as long as it is not done we cannot say anything about it. But, good conversations – that’s what I can say.

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On why no agreement has yet been reached when both parties want it to happen…

Because things take time. There are so many things what you have to do in these negotiations and there is, by the way, a third party: the agent is there as well. But there’s nothing to worry about, it’s a normal process. If you wouldn’t ask, Mo has a contract here this season and the next season and just because we make up stories here, that’s why we always talk about it but there is nothing to say about it. Nobody has to worry, it’s just the situation we are in. Really, all fine. It’s not done, that’s why we didn’t get this news, but we are in talks. He’s a world-class player, an unbelievable player, great boy, did a lot of great stuff for Liverpool and of course we want to keep him. Now let’s see how it will work out. That’s all.

On whether he believes Salah can maintain his current standards for years to come…

Yes, I think so. Just [because of his] character, it’s his determination, yes, it’s the way he trains, his attitude. His work rate, work attitude, is incredible: first in, last out, doing the right stuff. You can do a lot of not-so-good things as well when you are long in the training ground and in the gym and stuff like this, but he knows his body, he knows what to do, he is listening to the experts here and he tries to improve all the time. He worked so hard for the situation he is in now, he will not waste it by doing less or whatever. So, yeah, I am as convinced as you can be. 

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Published 12th January 2022