Jurgen Klopp played down any drama over a contract extension for star striker Mohamed Salah saying: “What we all want is clear.”
Salah became one of the club’s greatest players after signing in 2017, breaking record after record to help Liverpool compete for the biggest prizes on offer.
The Egyptian has reached yet another level this season with 19 goals and nine assists in 20 games, prompting claims that he is the best player in the world in his current form.
Salah’s current deal at Anfield expires in 2023, paving the way for him to negotiate a free transfer in a year with a foreign club on a paved signing bonus deal.
Kop supporters have been eagerly awaiting updates on a new deal, but little news has yet to be released this season with Salah reportedly raising his salary demands.
The 29-year-old said earlier in the season that the thought of playing against the Reds makes him sad, but any overtime is not up to him.
But now, perhaps in an attempt to force Liverpool’s hand, Salah has welcomed links with cash-strapped Barcelona LaLiga side amid rumors.
“I read what was said on [Barca boss] Xavi’s interest in signing me, ”Salah said.
“It’s something that makes me happy that a team like Barcelona are interested in me, but I’m happy at Liverpool and we’ll see what happens in the future.
“At the moment, I prefer to stay in the Premier League because it is the strongest league in the world.”
The players’ words were passed on to manager Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash against AC Milan, and the German has confirmed that the club and Salah want the same.
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“We are talking,” Klopp said. “Extending a contract with a player like Mo isn’t something you do over an afternoon cup of tea and strike a deal.
” This is completely normal. There really is nothing more to say. Mo talks about it when asked. I can only say a few things because the rest is not for the public.
“Mo is fine, I’m fine. What we all want is clear and things like this take time. That’s it.”
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