Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool need time to finalise new contract terms with Mohamed Salah and the current impasse is “completely normal” for a player of his stature.
Salah reiterated his desire to extend his Liverpool contract beyond 2023 in an interview with Egypt’s MBC Masr TV last week. But he also said it was up to the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, to “solve this issue”. The 29-year-old added: “Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and that they are ready to do anything for you to stay.”
Liverpool have extended the contracts of several players in recent months and know they will have to make Salah the highest-paid player in the club’s history for him to commit long-term. Klopp said: “Extending a contract with a player like Mo is not something where you meet for a cup of tea in the afternoon and find an agreement. That’s completely normal.
“He speaks about it and I can only say a few things because all the rest is not for the public. I’m not sure if he gave the interview in English or if it was translated from Arabic and that is a message issue. A lot of things can happen when someone tries to do that.
Mo is fine, I am fine. What we all want is clear and things like this need time.”
Salah could set a record for the most goals scored by a Liverpool player in the group stage of a European competition – seven – should he register against Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday. He needs one goal to reach 20 for the season in all competitions but, with the group already won, Klopp will rotate on his first visit to the San Siro.
“The medical department would smash me if I played the lineup again, so we will make changes,” he said “We’ve had five games in the last 14 or 15 days and, after the Milan game, it’s pretty much the same. So we have to make the right decisions.”
Divock Origi is expected to start against the Serie A leaders after his matchwinning substitute’s appearance at Wolves on Saturday. “If you are not a starter for Liverpool, you can still be a world-class player,” said Klopp. “I know people see it slightly different from time to time but it’s possible. And in specific moments Div is absolutely outstanding.”