Jurgen Klopp does NOT think his surprise contract extension will be the decisive factor in persuading Mo Salah to finally sign a new deal… but boss admits ‘guaranteed stability’ gives Liverpool a boost in the transfer market
- Mo Salah’s Liverpool future remains up in the air with no progress in negotiations
- Jurgen Klopp committed his future to the club but thinks it is not decisive factor
- Sadio Mane is another who Reds are looking to tie down for the future
- Klopp believes the stability offered by his stay gives boost in transfer window
Jurgen Klopp does not believe his new Liverpool deal will be a decisive factor in persuading Mo Salah to stay.
Salah, who won the FWA Men’s Player of the Year award on Friday, remains at an impasse during contract discussions with the club and could leave.
Sadio Mane is another player who Liverpool are keen to tie down and even though Klopp says he has a great relationship with both, he understands they will make their own decisions.
Jurgen Klopp extended his stay at Liverpool, signing a contract extension until 2026
Mo Salah has been outstanding for Liverpool but could leave the club this summer or next year
He said: ‘My relationship with Mo and Sadio is great, there is more to think about than knowing who the manager will be.
‘There is no 100 per cent that you will stay but everything is clear in this moment. I don’t think this will be the one decisive thing for players thinking about contracts.
Liverpool fans took to social media in praise of Klopp’s wife Ulla after he revealed she played a key role in persuading him to re-sign until 2026, and the manager joked that he is in trouble about all the attention his other half is getting.
He added: ‘Ulla didn’t like it too much yesterday… “what did you do!”.
‘It is a great decision for our family, we want to help the club be successful as long as possible if not forever (success not me). The area and club became home for us and that’s why we want to stay longer.
‘I’ll stay as long as I think it makes sense. It must make sense for both sides. It makes sense to do it now, so people know early, good for transfer windows.
‘We cannot guarantee success but can guarantee stability. I think at the moment it is the right time.’
Klopp went on to explain that at a difficult time for the world, his motivation is to keep providing joy and a connection to fans.
He went on: ‘I realise people are happy about it, that’s good, I’m very happy as well. For me at this moment in time, this is the place to be. This club offers a lot, we never stop trying to develop and evolve the situation.
‘Time is running, we don’t change the team in the next two three years but little things you have to prepare. Life is in a difficult situation, Coronavirus, Ukraine, on a less important level sports, money etc.
Liverpool are chasing the quadruple and Klopp’s new deal gives them a lift
‘We want to offer emotion, deliver excitement, buy in, we want to be together with our people. Apologies to everyone who tries to stop me on the street because it doens’t work in these moments.
‘It is about creating stories, we have to do that now. This is not a contract to stay forever because people like us, the plan is that this is only the start and we really go for it. There are no guarantees. We have to enjoy the journey.’
Liverpool are still one point behind Manchester City and face a tricky trip to Newcastle on Saturday in the early game.
Klopp in under no illusions over how tough an ask it will be, adding: ‘Newcastle are on an incredible run, when our analysis meeting starts, green for wins red for losses, they have a lot of green.
The manager thinks guaranteed stability at Anfield will give the Reds a transfer advantage
‘Eddie plays a massive part in that. They signed one of our analysts too! They signed a few good players but also had more stability. It will be a difficult one for us.
In terms of fitness concerns, the German provided an update, revealing that Roberto Firmino is still out with a foot issue.
‘Kostas was back yesterday, Curtis couldn’t train, Bobby we need but it takes longer than we all thought, he will not be ready for tomorrow and still hasn’t trained yet,’ he said.
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