Mohamed Salah’s current contract at Liverpool is set to expire at the end of the next campaign, and the club’s head coach Jürgen Klopp has outlined why talks over a new contract are yet to bear fruit.
The Egyptian star has stated that he wants to stay at Liverpool but maintained that his future is not in his own hands with Liverpool eager to reach an agreement with Salah. “I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff,” he said most recently.
Salah, currently in Cameroon with Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), has been a mainstay in Klopp’s side, winning the Uefa Champions League and Premier League title.
“Things take time. There are so many things what you have to do in these negotiations, and there is, by the way, a third party: the agent is there as well,” explained Klopp on Wednesday in a presser.
“But there’s nothing to worry about; it’s a normal process. If you wouldn’t ask, Mo has a contract here this season and the next season, and just because we make up stories here, that’s why we always talk about it, but there is nothing to say about it. Nobody has to worry. It’s just the situation we are in.
“Really, all fine. It’s not done, that’s why we didn’t get this news, but we are in talks. He’s a world-class player, an unbelievable player, great boy, did a lot of great stuff for Liverpool, and of course, we want to keep him. Now let’s see how it will work out. That’s all,” added the German tactician.
Klopp also shared his views on Salah’s latest comments regarding his contract situation at Liverpool.
“First and foremost, nowadays especially, I think it’s dangerous with these interview things when you didn’t speak to the player himself. So, there is nothing that would be unexpected,” he said.
“We know, I know, Mo wants to stay, we want Mo to stay. That’s the point where we are, and that these things take time, I cannot change. Sorry. But I think it’s all in a good place. Nothing else to say.”