Klopp insists Liverpool fans 'have nothing to worry about' on Salah
Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool fans ‘have nothing to worry about’ in the contract stand-off with Mohamed Salah, after the Anfield hero insisted his demands ‘are not crazy’ amid an ongoing impasse in negotiations
- Mohamed Salah’s current Liverpool contract ends in the summer of 2023
- Talks over a new deal appear to have dragged but Salah wants to stay at Anfield
- Jurgen Klopp insisted things are positive and Liverpool fans should not worry
Jurgen Klopp has cooled fears that Liverpool will not reach an agreement with Mohamed Salah to extend his contract at Anfield.
Salah gave an interview to GQ which came out earlier this week, where he underlined his frustration with how talks were dragging and insisting he wasn’t making ‘crazy’ demands for new terms.
Those remarks were put to Klopp in his press conference ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool fans don’t need to worry about Mohamed Salah’s future
Talks have dragged between Salah and Anfield chiefs over sorting new terms for the star man
‘I really think, nowadays especially, it’s really dangerous with an interview when you didn’t speak to the player himself,’ Klopp said. ‘It’s nothing that would be unexpected, we want Mo to stay ad that is the point we are at.
‘These things take time, I think it is all in a good place, nothing more I can say. I’m very positive about it but I don’t think it makes sense you speak on behalf of the fans, I’m preetty sure they are not as nervous as you say they are, they know the club and there is enough reason to be positive but until it is done, there is nothing to say.
‘Good conversations, that’s all I can say.’
Klopp was asked again on the issue later on, and reaffirmed his underlying sense of positivity.
‘Things take time, there are so many things you have to do in these negotiations and there is a third party with the agent but there is nothing to worry about,’ he insisted.
‘There is nothing to say, nobody has to worry, it is just the situation. It is not done, but we are in talks and he is a world class player, unbelievable, great boy, done a lot of great stuff for Liverpool and of course we want to keep him.’
Salah has scored 23 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season
Klopp emphatically backed Salah, 29, to maintain his current standard well into his 30s
Salah will be 30 in June and some have questioned whether handing the attacker a new mega-money long-term deal would be wise if his ability wanes with age.
But Klopp insisted he has no doubts that Salah would maintain his standard well into his 30s.
‘Yep. Yes I think so,’ he said firmly.
‘His character, his determination, the way he trains, his attitude is incredible – first in and last out – you can do a lot of not so good things in the gym on the training ground but he listens to the experts and has worked so hard to be in this situation, he will not waste it now. I am as convinced as you can be.’
Salah has scored 23 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions so far for Liverpool this season.
At present he is with Egypt competing in the Africa Cup of Nations so will miss Thursday’s first-leg against Arsenal.
Egypt lost their first game of the tournament 1-0 against Nigeria on Tuesday.
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