Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think his new deal will affect Mo Salah’s future at Liverpool


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t believe his new deal will be the deciding factor in whether the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane entrust their long-term future to the club.

The pair, along with Roberto Firmino and midfielder Naby Keita, have deals that expire next summer and negotiations have dragged on for some time.

With Klopp now staying until 2026 there is a higher level of security at the club but the German isn’t convinced it will make a huge difference to individual player decisions.

“It’s more of a question for the guys what exactly does it mean to them, but all right, my relationship with them is great,” he said.

“My point is that there are more important things in life to think about. It’s important not just to know who the manager and coaching staff is, because when you know what you have with other clubs you might go to, you don’t know exactly.

“There’s no such thing as 100 per cent in this business, but I think it’s quite likely that I’ll stay a bit longer because there are other coaches at other clubs there.

“If it’s a positive sign for the lads, great, but I don’t think that’s going to be the only deciding factor in the decision they want to make.

“It’s her own life, but we just wanted to make sure that anyone who wants to be here knows what to expect.”

Salah’s contract negotiations have now dragged on for several months, with the Egypt international stressing last week that the delay was “not about money at all”.

Whether the guarantee of working with Klopp in the final peak years of his career will be convincing enough to accept an offer of less than £400,000 a week remains to be seen.

But whatever that decision is, Klopp won’t hold it against him or any other player who sees his future elsewhere.

When asked if players in the past had spoken to him about his own future before committing to theirs, Klopp added: “That happened too. I don’t judge loyalty for things like that.

“From my side yes if I sign up I sign up but I know a player’s career is 15 years and I have great relationships today with former players of mine who at certain moments wanted to leave when I was thought, ‘It’s a shame you’re going now.’ .

“If a player tells you early enough that he wants to leave, then you have to deal with it: is there a club that wants him, is there a transfer fee?

“If a player comes at the last moment and says to you on Sunday, when the transfer window closes on Monday, ‘By the way, I can’t stay here’, then (it’s) ‘I’m sorry my friend, that’s not possible’.

“To plan, we need decisions at a certain point, and that’s what we’re working on.

“But I don’t judge people, whether they’re loyal or not, if they say during a contract, ‘I want to go somewhere else and see what the weather is like or what the grass is like there’.

“That’s not the case. I think you see loyalty in other areas.”

Klopp takes his side to Newcastle for the opener at lunchtime on Saturday to put pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City, who play the late game at Leeds by opening a two-point gap at the top.

With one foot in the Champions League final, a 2-0 lead over Villarreal ahead of the trip to Spain next week and an FA Cup final against Chelsea in two weeks, an unprecedented but unlikely foursome remains on course.

Klopp said signing a new contract was the start of a new era at the club.

“We’re not thinking of changing teams in the next two or three years or so, but you have to prepare for the little things so that you’re prepared for the future,” he said.

“So I really think it’s a really good place, or a good place to join, if not the perfect place.

“We can’t wait ten years. We must do it now. It’s not a threat. This is just the beginning to be honest. That’s the plan that we really, really go through with it.

“There are no guarantees, so we must enjoy the journey. The journey so far is great, but we don’t know if we’ll win anything.” Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think his new deal will affect Mo Salah’s future at Liverpool

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