Klopp: Salah contract negotiations in a good place
The Reds manager isn't worried about the ongoing talks with his superstar forward.
Jurgen Klopp believes contract negotiations with Mohamed Salah are "in a good place" and the Liverpool boss is confident a deal can get done between Liverpool and the star forward. Salah is in the final 18 months of his contract with Liverpool, with negotiations becoming a major talking point amid the Egyptian's spectacular Premier League form. In an interview this week, Salah said his contract demands aren't "crazy" while adding negotiations are in the club's hands, and Klopp feels the two sides are closer to coming together than many expect.
What was said?
"First of all, nowadays I think it’s really dangerous to talk about interviews when you didn’t speak to the player yourself," Klopp began at a press conference. "There was nothing in it that would be unexpected. We know, I know, that Mo wants to stay. We want him to stay. That’s the point where we are. "These things take time, I can’t change that, sorry! I think it is all in a good place. Nothing else to say." "There are, I think, enough reasons for being pretty positive," he continued. "As long as it’s not done, we cannot say anything about it. ‘Good conversations’, that’s what I could say." Klopp explained how contract negotiations remain a delicate process while offering context regarding the delay in signing Salah to a new deal. "Things take time," he said. "There are so many things you have to do, and, by the way, there is a third party. The agent is there as well, but there’s nothing to worry about, it’s a normal process. "Mo has a contact here this season and next season. Nobody has to worry, it’s just the situation. All fine, not done, but we had talks. "He’s a world-class player, unbelievable player, did a lot of great stuff for Liverpool. Of course we want to keep him, and let’s see how it will work out."
Can Salah emulate Messi and Ronaldo?
Much of the discussion regarding Salah's contract centres around his age, with the forward closing on his 30th birthday. Many clubs in world football have been hesitant to offer long-term deals to players over the age of 30, but Salah recently said he beleives the perception around footballers' ages should be changing. He pointed to the sustained dominance of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski, all of who remain at the peak of their powers after turning 30. Klopp says Salah can be a lot like those players due to the effort he puts into maintaining his body and fitness. "It's his character, his determination, the way he trains, his attitude, work-rate," Klopp said. "It's incredible. First in, last out, doing the right stuff. "You can do some not-so-good things when ou spend so long in the gym and the training ground, but he knows his body, he knows what to do. He listens to the experts here and tries to improve all the time. "He tries to improve for the situation he is in now, and he will not waste it by doing less. I am as convinced as you can be."
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