New Deal More Likely For Forward
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the sale this summer of Egypt international forward Mohamed Salah.
The 25-year-old brought his goalscoring tally for the season to 39 on Tuesday as the Reds progressed to the Champions League semi-final with a 2-1 win at Manchester City.
Salah was signed last summer from Roma in a £34million deal but his scoring feats have surprised many. One more goal will make him the first player since Ian Rush in 1987 to score 40 goals in a season for Liverpool.
Real Madrid are still being linked with Salah and reports on Thursday suggested that the Reds are eyeing up a move for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala should the Egyptian be sold. But in an interview with German newspaper Sport Bild, Klopp has ruled out any exit for Salah.
“I know that Mo feels very comfortable here,” the Liverpool boss said. “He knows that our style of play suits him very well. So I am not worried about a transfer.”
At the moment a more likely scenario is for Salah to sign a new contract with Liverpool. He arrived last summer on wages of around £90,000 a week. He will put pen to paper on a deal worth more than double that amount.
Klopp is refusing to comment on the Emre Can situation at Anfield. The Germany international has seen his season brought to a premature end after picking up a back injury in the recent win over Watford.
The prospect remains that Can may have played his last match for Liverpool. He becomes a free agent on 30 June and has been linked with interest from Juventus. The Serie A side have offered him a five-year contract worth €5million a year after tax – the equivalent of £150,000 a week gross.