Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ‘nothing to say’ about Mohamed Salah’s contract negotiations despite Egyptian’s Anfield deal expiring in less than two years
- Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer this season with four goals
- Jurgen Klopp has ‘nothing new’ however to say about the Egyptian’s contract
- The 29-year-old has in the past been linked and hinted at a move to Real Madrid
- Klopp was speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Crystal Palace tomorrow
Jurgen Klopp says there is ‘nothing new to say’ about Mohamed Salah’s contract situation and added he is not involved in negotiations.
The Egyptian 29-year-old is the Reds’ top scorer this season with four goals in five games, and scored in the midweek win against AC Milan, but his contract runs out in the summer of 2023.
Salah has in the past been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, hinting at the prospect in December of last year, but Klopp does not seem concerned at all.
Jurgen Klopp says there is ‘nothing new to say’ about Mohamed Salah’s contract situation
‘There is nothing to say, not for me I’m not involved,’ he said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash against Crystal Palace tomorrow.
‘Obviously the only thing I’m really interested is how Mo looks, how sharp he is and committed he is.
‘Nothing new to say about it.’
As well as Klopp confirming Roberto Firmino will miss tomorrow’s game due to an ongoing hamstring problem.
Yet Divock Origi – one of the heroes from the Reds’ Champions League triumph in 2019 – started and impressed in the midweek win against AC Milan, though that was of no surprise to Klopp.
Divock Origi impressed in a rare start for Liverpool against AC Milan on Wednesday evening
‘It was absolutely exceptional, it’s really good,’ Klopp stated.
‘We play a lot of games but we train pretty often too. Div was with us during the international break. We can see what shape he’s in – he was really showing up in training and that’s why I decided to start him in the game.
‘There’s the possibility it’s not so easy but he was just in the game, played really good, helped us a lot, offensively and defensively and the little chip for Mo [to set up the second goal] was obviously really important.’
Klopp also hinted that Virgil van Dijk was likely to come back into the starting XI for the Palace clash after he was rested for the visit of Milan, while he also lauded the early-season form of Joel Matip.
Klopp hinted that Virgil van Dijk (R) could come back in while he reserved praise for Joel Matip
‘We’re still kind of in extended pre-season – he [Virgil] could have played but I wanted to be sensible in those moments.’
On Matip: ‘He’s an incredible player and always has been since he joined us. We needed the quality, we now have four or five top-class centre halves and it’s good to have and necessary.
‘We have the opportunity to make some changes, hopefully they can stay fit.’