Jurgen Klopp has said he knows Mohamed Salah wants to stay in Liverpool, and has stressed that contract negotiations with the Egyptian are in the right place.
Salah said in an interview GQ in this week’s “he doesn’t ask for crazy stuff” in contract talks, he has reiterated that it is up to Liverpool to decide his future.
The striker, who is due to end his Anfield contract in the summer of 2023, has stated that he wants to stay in Liverpool, but the two sides have not been able to reach an agreement.
“It’s dangerous today when you don’t talk to the player about these conversations,” Klopp said live ahead of Thursday’s Arsenal Carabao Cup visit. Sky Sports.
“I know Mo wants to stay, we want Mo to stay. These things take time, but I think everything is in the right place. I’m very positive. The fans aren’t as nervous as you (the media).
“They know the club and they know the people who deal with things here. We can’t say anything about that.”
Asked if the talks were going well, Klopp said: “Yes. These things take time. There are a lot of things to do, by the way there is a third agent there as well. But don’t worry. He has a contract here this season and next.
“That’s the situation, but everything is fine. He’s a world player, a great guy, he did great things for Liverpool and we want to keep him.”
Explaining why Salah can continue at the top level at the age of thirty, Klopp said: “His character, his attitude and his work rate are tremendous.
“He’s the first to come in, the last to come out and do all the things. He knows his body, he listens to the experts and he tries to improve all the time. He’s worked hard for this situation and he won’t waste it.”
What factors are at stake in Salah’s negotiations?
Sky Sports News journalist Vinny O’Connor, who works closely with the club, explains the situation …
First of all, this is not just about money. Salah is still ambitious, as his hunger to win has not diminished.
It’s the Liverpool team that will have to refresh at some point. Roberto Firmino is now 30, Sadio Mane is 29, Jordan Henderson is 31, Thiago Alcantara is 30, Virgil van Dijk is 30 and Fabinho is 28.
Salah wants to see that the club is constantly committed to adding quality to what it has achieved, with Liverpool aiming to meet the challenge of winning titles.
Salah is a great Liverpool of all time as a Premier League and Champions League winner.
So in terms of the salary it can have, its market value is as high as it has ever been.
He is currently named the best player in the world, but is currently the fifth highest paid player in the world.
He won at Liverpool until Van Dijk signed a new contract. Now the figures that are being talked about a new deal are around £ 300,000 a week.
Salah’s current contract expires in 2023. It makes sense, at the age of 29, that this could be the biggest contract of his career, that he would want an agreement that reflects his situation at stake.
Salah wants to stay
At the same time, he wants to stay in Liverpool. Sky Sports said in October that he would like to spend the rest of his career at the club.
“If you ask me, I would like to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can’t say much about that, it’s not in my hands. It depends on what the club wants, not me,” he said. he said.
He has a close relationship with Jurgen Klopp and is based in the Liverpool locker room.
Despite being linked with Barcelona, although he is flattered, he said he is happy with Liverpool and prefers to continue in the Premier League at the moment, as it is the strongest league in the world.
But in that Sky Sports interview there was a wide-ranging suggestion that he should feel the love of the Liverpool hierarchy and he followed that up in an interview with MBC Masr in Egypt.
While Salach wants to extend his contract at Anfield, he has reiterated that Liverpool owners have a problem to solve.
“Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and is willing to do anything to keep you going,” he said.
When Jurgen Klopp was asked about this, he replied: “Extending a contract with a player like Mo is not a cup of tea and finding an agreement. That is perfectly normal.
“Mo is fine, I’m fine. Everyone is clear on what we want and things like that need time.”
There is good will on both sides to reach an agreement on a new contract.
Ideally, Liverpool would like Salah to do so without guaranteeing their future before entering the final year of their current deal.
Finding the right image
From the club’s point of view, they need to find a magical figure among the world’s football elites who confirms Salah’s status, taking into account their salary structure and without disturbing it.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are also working in a transfer market where the financial power has been drastically reduced, which in turn reduces the chances of raising a potential transfer fee as high as possible in the absence of an agreement. to reach.
At the same time, with the end of Salah’s contract, in the future the clubs will be able to improve their salary offer from Liverpool if they reach a phase that is likely to be available in a free transfer.
Michael Edwards has had so much reason to be a club sports director in his time, especially when it comes to tough negotiations.
Before leaving in the summer, securing Salah’s long-term future at the club could be the biggest success of his time at Anfield.
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