Contract negotiations take time but everything is in place, proclaims Jurgen Klopp
In light of Mohamed Salah’s latest comments, Jurgen Klopp admitted the club knew he wanted to stay but added that contract negotiations were taking time as there were a lot of people involved. The Egyptian has just eighteen months left on his current contract and has been linked with a departure.
Mohamed Salah’s consistency and prolific nature in front of goal since joining Liverpool has not only stunned fans and critics, but has seen the Egyptian become one of the best in the world. His form this season has put him in fine form with the striker scoring 16 Premier League goals in just twenty games. Not only that, he tops the assists charts with 11 and has scored a further seven goals in six Champions League appearances.
However, talk of the 29-year-old’s contract has been the talk of the town as Salah has just eighteen months left on his contract and has recently admitted the negotiations are out of his hands. He saw Jurgen Klopp reveal that Liverpool know Salah wants to stay at the club but he has admitted that contract negotiations take time even if things are moving forward. The German also added that he was positive about how things were going and the fans were far from nervous.
“Today is dangerous with these interviews. We know, I know, that Mo wants to stay. We want him to stay. This is where we are. These things take time, I can’t change them. Everything is in a good place,” Klopp said, ESPN reported.
“There are so many things in the negotiations. It’s also a third party, with the agent. It’s nothing to worry about, it’s a normal process. I’m positive about it. fans aren’t as nervous as you are. They know the club and I know the people who take care of things here. We can’t say anything about that.
There are questions about offering the 29-year-old a lucrative new contract, however, especially as Salah will have little to no sale value going forward. But Klopp believes the Egyptian can continue at this same level even in the later stages of his career, much like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Yes, I think so (when asked if Salah can produce the same level in the later stages of his career). It’s his character, his determination and that’s how he trains. His attitude at work is amazing, he’s first in and last out, doing the right things.
“He knows his body, he knows what to do, he listens to the experts here and tries to improve all the time. He works so hard for the situation he’s in right now and won’t ruin it by doing less. So yeah , I’m as confident as you can be,” he added.
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