Liverpool’s top scorer Salah is believed to be on the verge of ending months of speculation by instigating a new deal at Anfield that will keep him at the club for the best years of his career
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Mohammed Salah is determined to extend his contract with Liverpool, according to an Egyptian sport minister, who begged him to leave the Reds.
Liverpool’s top scorer is believed to be Salah on the verge of ending months of speculation with a new deal at Anfield, where he will remain at the club for the highlights of his career.
Since joining from Roma in 2017, however, he has always preferred staying at a club he has scored 153 goals in 240 games for and his performances have propelled him to the top of the world.
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Salah has scored 28 goals in 37 games for the Reds this season and is leading the charge as they seek an unprecedented quadruple triumph First League, Champions League and FA Cupafter conquering the Carabao Cup in February.
Last week the forward was disappointed by his Egyptian side could not qualify for the World Cup after a penalty shoot-out defeat by Sadio Manes Senegal, and after the game Egyptian Sport Minister Ashraf Sobhi said Salah had told him he wanted to stay at Anfield against the minister’s wishes.
“I met with Mohamed Salah at the airport after the Senegal game ended and they failed to reach the World Cup and told him to forget what happened and focus on what’s next,” Sobhi told Egyptian radio on Monday.
“I advised him to continue his journey at another club Liverpoolbut his instruction now is to extend his contract with Liverpool.
“There are campaigns against Salah being spearheaded by some to bring him down, but I’ve asked him not to pay attention to them.”
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has always been confident that Salah will stay on Merseyside, and spoke again on Monday about the situation before the Champions League trip to Benfica.
“I’m happy with it because there’s nothing new to say, that’s good,” said Klopp.
“Just fine. The key parties talk to each other and that’s all I need. That’s it.”
Salah heads into the Lisbon trip after failing to score in his last eight open game appearances but Klopp is not concerned.
“He may not have scored a goal from free play – maybe a penalty here and there – but it’s not that important,” said the Reds manager.
“For me, the level of performance is important. The threat to other teams is how he brings (opposing) players together – the moment he gets the ball, two or three players go towards him.
“In those moments he could sometimes make better decisions, there’s no doubt about that, like passing the ball faster, all those things.
“But it’s a tough time for Mo – and for Sadio – with the Africa Cup of Nations and then the games and coming back and immediately available to us again. That was really, really special.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/mohamed-salah-liverpool-contract-news-26637267 Mohamed Salah is determined to sign a new Liverpool contract despite the Egyptian minister's plea