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Mo Salah belief made clear by Klopp with strong Liverpool contract declaration

Mohamed Salah’s future at Liverpool remains somewhat up in the air with the Egyptian’s new long-term deal at Anfield having not been agreed

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Jurgen Klopp insists star striker Mo Salah remains impressively committed to becoming an all time Anfield great, despite continuing speculation over his future.

Two goals against Burnley will make him the joint fourth fastest striker to 100 goals in Premier League, placing him alongside Thierry Henry, and just behind Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane and Alan Shearer.

Those legendary names put into the context the record-breaking feats of the Egyptian.

Yet despite his achievements – and his next record will be to become the fastest Liverpool player to 100 league goals, with four more needed – he is still immersed in contract talks which seem to have already gone on for a year or more.

Klopp though, says that will not get in the way of Salah’s laser-like focus on his job… or the records which he knows will make him a true great.

Asked if he tells Salah he has the chance to sign a new contract and stay to become a legend at Anfield, the manager replied: “I don’t have to, he knows that. Sure, he is aware of all these things but he is fine.









“Two things: Mo is obviously in a really, really good moment football-wise, mood-wise, how he behaves from the first day he came back, absolutely great.

“So we’re all adults, we’re all professionals, there are talks and talks and when there is a decision we will tell you.

“Until then it is only important how the parties work together in these things (contract talks). It is not about Mo it is more general, so if that is perfect which it is, then we don’t have to talk about anything else.

“And 35 people can talk in the background but with two years left (on his contract) you can imagine there are talks and that is it.”



Still no deal has been signed for Salah




Klopp’s confidence hides a certain tension beyond his own close relationship with Salah.

The player’s agent Ramy Abbas has consistently, over the past year, posted what appear inflammatory messages as contract talks have stalled, the latest aimed at the Liverpool board last weekend.

Salah’s status as one of the best strikers now in world football is not reflected in his current Reds contract, signed back in 2018 and thought to be around £200,000 a week.

He could conceivably command double that, and that is why negotiations have been slow, with no end in sight, despite several reports suggesting an agreement is close.

Klopp, though, is confident the player will not be distracted, and expects him to break even more records for Liverpool – an indication the manager believes the player will sign eventually.



Salah celebrates scoring at Norwich
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“I am involved in pretty much everything in the club, I know about all the things but that doesn’t mean we will tell you about each little step we make in any negotiations,” he said.

“The records he has broken already are absolutely insane. I didn’t know when he scored last week he became the first player in (Premier League) history to score in the first game for five consecutive seasons.

“There’s a reason why no -one did it – It’s really difficult and he did it. And if there are any records out there he will know about it.

“That’s Mo Salah, and I am really happy if he stays like this. But I never told him that he could be the one of the biggest LFC legends ever, because that is not what you go for.

“Records yes, but becoming a legend people will judge you after your career. That’s fine. He is in a good mood and hopefully it can stay like this.”

Klopp must decide whether to recall his captain Jordan Henderson for the visit of Burnley, while Fabinho is likely to come into the side to start, despite the death of his father in midweek.




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