JURGEN KLOPP insists tying Mo Salah to a new contract ‘not like buying a smartphone’.
And the Liverpool manager alluded to a lot of the complications surrounding the deal because of the player’s agent.
Salah, 29, has just 18 months left on his current contract at Anfield.
And with pressure for an extension to be sorted out before Europe’s big clubs try and grab it, the Reds boss knows it’s not going to be a simple negotiation.
Asked again about the Salah story, Klopp said: “I don’t know what else I can say other than what I’ve said. ‘What’s the point?” I wouldn’t say there’s a problem, to be honest, these are conversations.
“If two big companies try to get together in normal life, in business, it won’t happen overnight.
“A big deal, it’s not like buying a smartphone [that] you just need to sign one thing and it’s done.
“There’s a lot to consider – some from the club side, some from the player side and a lot from the agent side. That’s the thing, nothing else.”
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Speaking earlier this week, Klopp reiterated that he is confident everything will be sorted.
“There are no surprises in that,” he said.
“I know that Mo wants to stay. We want Mo to stay. That’s where we are. It takes time.
“I think it’s in a good place. I’m very positive about it.”
Those comments come later Salah tells GQ Magazine Liverpool should pay him what he deserves.
He said: “I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands.
I’m not asking for crazy stuff
“They know what I want. I don’t ask for crazy things.
“The problem is when you ask for something and they show you that they can give you something, because they appreciate what you have done for the club.
“I’ve been here for the fifth year. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me.
“But with the government, they have [been] told the situation. It is in their hands.
“I really can’t lie and honestly say I don’t think about the Ballon d’Or. No, I think about it. I want to be the best player in the world.”
Salah joined Liverpool from Roma for an initial £36.5m in 2017 and has scored a staggering 148 goals in just 229 games.
He led the Red Devils to Champions League glory in 2019 and followed it up a year later with Liverpool’s first Premier League title.
The captain of Egypt is currently away on international duty at the Cup of African Nations.
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