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Mohamed Salah and agent may have dropped big hints over Liverpool future in Man Utd win

Mohamed Salah and his agent Ramy Abbas Issa may have dropped hints about the forward’s Liverpool future in the 4-2 Premier League win over Manchester United on Thursday night.
The Reds secured their first Old Trafford triumph in seven years with two goals in either half helping them to a crucial win in their chase for Champions League qualification.

Diogo Jota cancelled out Bruno Fernandes’ opener before a Roberto Firmino brace, with strikes either side of the break, gave Liverpool a two-goal cushion.

While Marcus Rashford threatened the Merseyside outfit’s prospects of victory when he made it 3-2, Salah stole away on the counter-attack for a killer fourth goal at the death.

The Egyptian’s finish beyond Dean Henderson into the far corner was his 30th goal of the season across all competitions and his 21st in the Premier League.

That puts him level with Tottenham striker Harry Kane in the Golden Boot race and there was the added bonus of him wearing the captain’s armband as he scored.

Salah was upset earlier in the season that Trent Alexander-Arnold – who skippered the side after Salah went off late on – was handed the armband over him in a Champions League dead rubber against Midtjylland.

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And his emotions were obvious once he made it 4-2 for Liverpool in Manchester as he sunk to his knees to toast an unforgettable victory, letting out a triumphant roar.

Abbas Issa, the player’s representative, tweeted shortly after: “My celebration of that goal wasn’t that different than Mohamed’s.”

Salah’s goal means Liverpool sit four points off of fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand, though the Blues face third-placed Leicester in their next league match, with both teams catchable for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

That fixture, which guarantees at least one of the two teams dropping points, means should the Reds win all of their final three games against West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace, they stand an excellent chance of securing fourth spot.

And the unified reaction of Salah and Abbas Issa hints that despite rumours the Egypt international might be on his way out of Liverpool this summer, perhaps he’s staying after all.

Of course, there are a multitude of reasons Salah will have been delighted to have found the net, not least sealing a win over Liverpool’s biggest rivals.

Salah has made it clear he loves chasing individual records and so hitting the 30-goal mark again will have meant a lot to him, as will tying Kane as he bids to end as the Premier League’s highest scorer again.

There are other less important but still notable reasons too. It was a big win for Liverpool’s top-four chances, and qualifying for the competition of course nets the players a nice financial bonus each.

Plus there’s the again-more-important fact that he is a relentless competitor and loves to win.

As well as that, a late goal away at United for such a big victory keeps Salah’s profile high, with it clear he wants to be regarded as one of the very best in the world – and the numbers speak for themselves during his time at Anfield.

Yet there is one main reason why Salah and his agent would be so delighted by his goal and the three points.

That is because it gives Liverpool such a good chance of having Champions League football to play next term, and if Salah wants to stay, he will obviously want to play in UEFA’s premier competition rather than the lesser Europa League.

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He may have flirted with Real Madrid and Barcelona in the press earlier this season but clearly Salah is still happy playing his stuff under Klopp, provided the team continue to compete. They haven’t done this season of course, albeit in unusual circumstances.

A top-four finish would allow Liverpool to wipe the slate of this season clean and start fresh next term once injured players such as Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson return.

Staying in the Champions League would be huge for Liverpool in many ways, not just because of how much easier it would make keeping Salah, although they still must decide whether to hand the 28-year-old – who is 29 in June – a big-money contract extension to his current deal which expires in 2023.

And clearly the forward agrees about the importance of the competition.

Salah’s goal at United in addition to being his 30th of the season was his 124th overall for Liverpool in what was his 200th appearance for the club.

Only Roger Hunt (133) and Gordon Hodgson (125) have outscored Salah in their first 200 matches for the club, with the African also having laid on 42 assists in that time.

At his current goalscoring rate, should he play as many times for Liverpool as Hunt did (416 appearances) then he will end on 258 goals which would make him the third-highest scorer in the club’s history. He’d love to add plenty more Champions League goals to his Anfield tally.

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Mohamed Salah says “no one is talking to him” about new Liverpool contract

Mohamed Salah admits he is yet to hold talks over a new Liverpool contract as he approaches the final two years of his current deal.

The Egyptian has enjoyed another stunning season even as those around him have struggled, scoring 29 times in all competitions.

But Salah has also talked up a move to Spain on multiple occasions within the last few months, admitting he could join La Liga giants Real Madrid or Barcelona “one day”.

Given his importance to Jurgen Klopp’s side, Anfield chiefs may be tempted to thrash out a new contract with the 28-year-old to quash speculation – but Salah claims such talks have not taken place.

“No one is talking to me about that, so I can’t say much about that,” Salah told Sky Sports of his contract situation.

“No one in the club is talking to me about anything so I do not know.”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Salah says he is focussed on firing Liverpool to more success in the Champions League and Premier League.

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“I said before that I want to win the Premier League again, I want to win the Champions League again,” he added.

“It’s a great thing to win, I’m just trying to win it again and again. Part of our job is to win trophies.”

Even though he has been prolific in front of goal, it has been a turbulent season for Salah and he could not hide his fury after he was substituted against Chelsea in March.

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But Klopp refused to contemplate the idea of Salah leaving Merseyside as he heaped praise on the former Chelsea star earlier this year.

“In Mo’s case the numbers just speak for themselves,” said the Reds boss. “But Mo is not only a goalscorer. He is developed football-wise as well – and is a very, very important player for us.

“And hopefully he will be that for a very long time, of course.”

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah refuses to rule out transfer exit – 'It's not up to me'

Mohamed Salah has again refused to rule out a move away from Liverpool, doubling down on earlier claims that he would be open to joining a Spanish side in the near future. The 28-year-old has been linked with a switch to Real Madrid or Barcelona since December last year after suggesting in a previous interview that he is a huge admirer of both clubs.
Salah has been one of Liverpool’s few shining lights this season, leading the attacking charge with 25 goals from 40 appearances in all competitions.

He has featured in all but one of his side’s Premier League matches and is the division’s joint-top scorer alongside Tottenham and England star Harry Kane.

The Reds have relied heavily on Salah’s impact in recent campaigns, with the Egyptian winger playing a huge role in helping the club to achieve a seventh Champions League title in 2019 before chipping in with 29 goal contributions as the Merseyside club ended a 30-year wait for a domestic title last year.

However, it seems as though he could be set to call time on his Anfield career within the next couple of seasons after suggesting that a new challenge could soon be on the horizon.

He revealed to Marca that he is unsure where his future lies, admitting that he could be tempted to seek a new club in La Liga before his eventual retirement.

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“It is not up to me,” explained Salah. “We’ll see what happens but I prefer not to talk about this now.”

When quizzed specifically on the prospect of playing in Spain, he added: “I hope I can play soccer for many, many years. Why not? Nobody knows what will happen in the future, so maybe one day.”

Salah’s relationship with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp appears from the outside to have been tested on a number of occasions this season.

Rumours of a rift were sparked by the forward’s surprise omission from the starting side that inflicted a 7-0 thrashing on Crystal Palace back in December, before he scored a late brace after being introduced from the bench.

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He also appeared to react negatively to being substituted during the narrow 1-0 defeat to Chelsea earlier this month, adding even more fuel to the fire.

Salah has since poured cold water on the speculation, suggesting that his relationship with Klopp is nothing out of the ordinary.

“It is a normal relationship between two professionals, it’s how I can explain it,” he said.

Liverpool will be counting on Salah to fire the club into the Champions League semi-finals next month as they entertain Real Madrid over two legs for a place in the competition’s last four.

Los Blancos prevented the Reds from claiming the top prize in 2018, beating Klopp’s side at the final hurdle in a match that Salah was unable to finish after an early tangle with Sergio Ramos.

Despite the events of three years ago, the Egypt international stressed that revenge is not a motive ahead of their next meeting, claiming that there is no ill will towards the Real skipper from his end.

“That game is over, so I don’t think about that,” added Salah. “I think about the team, everyone thinks about their team and everyone wants to win, that’s it.

“Between then and now we have won the Premier and the Champions League. We are champions. That is changing a lot.”

Liverpool maintain Mohamed Salah transfer stance as Kylian Mbappe priority comes to light

Liverpool are reportedly confident Mohamed Salah will stay at the club ahead of the summer transfer window, amid speculation linking the Egyptian star with a move to Real Madrid. Meanwhile, there’s an update on Kylian Mbappe’s future, and Thomas Muller has suggested he could follow in Thiago Alcantara’s footsteps, as Express Sport brings you the latest transfer news on Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah stance

Liverpool remain convinced that Mohamed Salah won’t be leaving Anfield any time soon.

Salah has frequently been linked with interest from Real Madrid, and transfer speculation was ramped up earlier this season when former Egypt striker Mohamed Aboutrika claimed his compatriot was not happy at the club.

But the Premier League club are confident Salah will see out his contract, which expires in 2023 – and are optimistic he will stay longer, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

“Liverpool are convinced that they can keep Mohamed Salah,” Romano wrote in his column for Benchwarmers.

“Soon they will have to talk about his contract expiring in June 2023, but there is no problem with the club.”

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Mbappe priority amid Reds transfer talk

One player Liverpool have freuquently been linked with in recent times is PSG star Kylian Mbappe.

The 22-year-old World Cup winner has long been expected to join Real Madrid if and when he leaves the Parc des Princes.

But he has also spoken of his admiration for Liverpool – and the feeling is mutual, with Klopp a confirmed fan of the forward.

However, Mbappe has not held talks with the Reds, despite rumours to the contrary.

That’s again according to Romano, who said Mbappe’s current focus is on extending his Paris-Saint Germain contract, which is due to expire at the end of next season.

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“Kylian Mbappe has not started any negotiations with Liverpool so far despite the rumours,” wrote Romanon in his Benchwarmers column.

“To date, the priority is to negotiate with Paris Saint-Germain for the renewal of his contract.”

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Thomas Muller has suggested he could follow in the footsteps of Thiago Alcantara, who joined Liverpool last summer.

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Opposition player warns he will “deal with” Mohamed Salah on international duty

Kenya defender Joash Onyango has insisted he is not worried about the threat of Mohamed Salah ahead of his nation’s upcoming game against Egypt.

The two countries take each other on in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday, with Egypt currently top of Group G and Kenya lying in third place.

Salah has had another superb individual season for Liverpool[1] despite the Reds’ struggles, scoring 17 goals in the Premier League[2], and is widely considered one of the most dangerous attacking players in world football.

But Onyango seems confident that he and his teammates will be able to deal with the star during their encounter in Kasarani.

Mohamed Salah has been training with Egypt this week
Mohamed Salah has been training with Egypt this week

Speaking to Goal[3], he said: “We all know they have arrived with their big-name players, and we all know what Salah can do, he is a good player and we have seen him win matches for Liverpool, but it will be a different ball game, I will deal with him.

“I like to cherish such opportunities because they give me the chance to gauge my level if I am improving or I am still where I am, so I will keep Salah in check, not only Salah but any player Egypt will use to attack us, we will deal with them.”

Salah’s future has been the subject of speculation recently, with some reports claiming he could seek to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

Liverpool fans will be desperately hoping Salah comes back from the international break unscathed
Liverpool fans will be desperately hoping Salah comes back from the international break unscathed

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For now, however, the 28-year-old will simply be focusing on international matters, and Reds fans will be desperate he avoids injury while he is away.

They have some huge games coming up after the international break, with Arsenal[5] their opponents in the Premier League on April 3 before the first leg of their mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid[6] three days later on April 6.

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Jurgen Klopp makes confident Mohamed Salah transfer vow as Liverpool top-four hopes fade

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is confident Mohamed Salah will not leave in the summer transfer window – even if they miss out on Champions League football. The Reds have been shocking this calendar year as their Premier League title defence fell apart.
The Liverpool boss made the assertion in light of their fifth home defeat in a row – a feat has never happened before in the history of the club.

Salah was hauled off after an hour against Chelsea despite the Reds desperately needing a goal.

And the Egypt international was less than pleased with Klopp’s decision, having a tantrum as his agent cryptically tweeted elsewhere.

Speculation has been mounting over the past few months that the former Roma star has his sights set on leaving the club.

Following Thursday night’s incident, those rumours have only increased but Klopp has insisted Liverpool’s top goalscorer is going nowhere.

With Liverpool sitting seventh in the Premier League, missing out on the Champions League is now a very realistic scenario.

But Klopp insisted his players have a deep loyalty to the club.

He said: “That is nothing we have to worry about. It was always like this. I know we have loyalty from the players.

“It is not a situation where a player in the squad says we are not in the Champions League so I have to leave. That will not happen. I know them well enough to know that.”

Salah has not spoken since coming off against Chelsea but Klopp addressed the situation, insisting he was keeping the 28-year-old fresh for future games.

The German said: “I just brought on fresh legs. Mo [Salah] looked like today he suffered a bit, he played a lot of games.

“I could have taken off Sadio or Bobby, that is all clear but at that moment it looked like Mo.

“Milner we bought on to wake them up a bit and keep them in the game because we needed one situation.”

“In that moment he looked like he felt the intensity tonight and I didn’t want to risk it. It is all fine, I make decisions that I think are right in the moment.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp issues Mohamed Salah statement after cryptic tweet from agent

Mohamed Salah’s agent sparked a frenzy among Liverpool fans on Thursday night after posting a cryptic tweet around the time his client was substituted against Chelsea, but Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think it’s necessary for a “proper talk” just yet. Liverpool were struggling to find a way to break down Chelsea’s defence having gone down 1-0 in the opening 45 minutes.
They looked more sharp in the second half, but Klopp’s side were still unable to trouble Edouard Mendy on too many occasions.

Klopp took the surprise decision to hook Salah off on the hour mark for Diogo Jota, with the Egypt international visibly frustrated at being taken off.

He continually shook his head in disbelief as he made his way to the bench and Salah’s agent then took to social media with a very cryptic tweet which sparked further anger among supporters.

Klopp played down the severity of the substitution immediately after the game and he still believes it’s being blown out of proportion.

When asked how he plans to ensure there is no ‘lasting problem’, Klopp said: “Talking, that’s how it always is.

“I’m not even sure if this situation is now a reason for a ‘proper talk’ about it.

“We are 1-0 down and that makes no player happy when you go off [because] you cannot react how you react in different ways.

“On top of that, you’re a striker, you think you should stay on the pitch. It’s all completely clear and not an issue, just normal life.”

Despite Liverpool’s recent troubles, Salah remains the top scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals.

Liverpool as a whole had been scoring for fun up until the end of December and were the league’s top scoring team.

But the goals have dried up since then with Liverpool going on a torrid run of form since the 7-0 demolition of Crystal Palace.

They’ve won just three of the 13 league games since that win and have lost five consecutive home matches.

Salah has only found the net on four occasions in that time, but Klopp insists everyone in the team needs to step up and rise to the challenge.

“We all have to improve, definitely,” he added.

“We only lose games when you have more potential than the results show then it’s all about performance.

“Mo has still a great goalscoring record but everybody knows and even he knows- himself that even he could have scored more goals but Mo’s scoring record is not our problem.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is playing dangerous game after Mohamed Salah sub

Now that was baffling. The Premier League’s top goalscorer withdrawn from the fray with Liverpool desperately in need of a goal. Several shakes of the head from Mohamed Salah confirmed Jurgen Klopp is playing a dangerous game.
The Liverpool boss is among the masters of man-management but this immediately felt like he was pressing the wrong button.

Irritating Salah, who has been one of few credible performers this season, is not the way to go when the club’s top-four hopes are in serious doubt.

His agent Ramy Abbas Issa was also evidently furious, as he tweeted a cryptic full stop to make his feelings known.

Klopp allegedly screamed at Salah to track a runner and he didn’t oblige. Klopp then turned to Lijnders and planned the change. It was a rush of blood.

This game was there for the taking for Liverpool but they failed to ask any questions of Edouard Mendy, one of the most unconvincing goalkeepers in the division.

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Sadio Mane’s touch was awful. He squandered a golden opportunity to level things up after Salah’s raking cross field ball split the Chelsea defence apart.

Instead he missed the ball and is clearly sapped of all confidence. As he emerged for the second half, Klopp put an arm of encouragement around him.

It was clear Mane was left on the field in an attempt to play his way out of rough form. Roberto Firmino was also non-existent.

This was by no means Salah’s best performance of the season but he certainly always looked capable of making something happen.

He was bright and alert to loose balls, creating gaps whenever he was in possession.

Liverpool virtually surrendered defeat once he left the field in a quite frankly baffling double substitution.

Curtis Jones, who was full of action once again, was also withdrawn as the returning Diogo Jota and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain entered the fray.

The introduction of both was more than justified but Liverpool lost their verve once Salah and Jones departed.

Even when Salah is having an off day, he is capable of scoring out of nothing. No player in world football represents a bigger goal threat from the wide areas.

With Jota returning, Salah may feel like he could be the one to make way in the starting XI. In fact, he should be the first name on the team sheet.

We can expect Salah to be in the team from the off against Fulham on Sunday but tonight was an opportunity they could not afford to waste.

Chelsea are now four points clear of Liverpool, who have lost five consecutive home games. If there was one game to lose between now and the end of the season, this wasn’t it. This was win at all costs after Manchester United, Leicester and West Ham’s recent results.

That means keeping Salah on the field, regardless of his performance. Mane and Firmino can count themselves lucky.

Would Salah want to stick around if Liverpool are playing Europa League football next season? It’s certainly not a given.