Metro newspaper quoted Jurgen Klopp’s statement about the future of the Egyptian striker after Liverpool lost tickets to the Champions League.
The future of Mohamed Salah has become the subject of great media attention in the past few days. The Egyptian striker posted a sad tweet after Liverpool officially lost their Champions League ticket.
After 37 Premier League rounds, The Kop is 5th in the table, four points behind Newcastle United’s 4th place. Many fans are concerned that Liverpool’s return to play in the Europa League will make a series of stars consider leaving Anfield.
However, coach Jurgen Klopp has denied that. Metro newspaper quoted the German strategist as s/a/ying: “No need to worry. Mohamed Salah does not want to leave. I do not see anything leading to that scenario.”
“Salah likes to be at Liverpool. He’s part of the team. Nothing, everything is fine. If a player comes to me and s/a/ys Liverpool doesn’t qualify for the Champions League, he needs to go. I’ll drive him myself, take him to another team.”
” I’ll take the keys and s/a/y: Get in the car, where do you want to go? I’ll drive you. That’s not the case with Salah. No other players have asked me about it.”
Klopp: ‘Unity is Liverpool’s trophy this season
Jurgen Klopp considers the f/a/c/t that the Liverpool team r/e/m/a/i/n/s united despite many difficulties this season as a title.
“I feel that, in a difficult year, the team still has unity between the players and the fans. That will be the driving force for us to continue,” Klopp said on May 26 before the closing round of the Premier League. He meets Southampton. “When things are going in the right direction, it’s easy to feel connected. Otherwise, it’s going to be more difficult. I don’t want to prove that point, but we were united, and for me, That’s the title we won this year.”
The top four positions of the Premier League and tickets to next season’s Champions League have been determined before the final round. After Man City, Arsenal, and Newcastle, Man Utd won the last ticket when they crushed Chelsea 4-1 in the round of 32 matches on May 25. Liverpool is also certain to finish fifth when they are four points ahead of the second-placed club Brighton and join the Europa League next season.
“This has not been a good season. We are not satisfied, because of many mistakes and lack of stability,” continued Klopp. “But of course, there are reasons to be optimistic. The atmosphere the players created in the last home game, and the way the club said goodbye to the players who were leaving. All that. This is the foundation for a great future.”
Klopp is not disappointed and sees finances as Liverpool’s only problem in his absence from the Champions League. “But besides that, Liverpool still plays in Europe. Instead of Tuesday-Wednesday, it’s Thursday. Who cares?”, the 55-year-old coach expressed. “It’s still great games, the atmosphere, the chance to do it all. The FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Premier League also take place. It’s an opportunity for us to do it again.”
After Man Utd b/e/a/t Chelsea and won the last ticket to the Champions League on the evening of May 25, Mohamed Salah said he was ” broken ” and the whole team had “no excuse” for this defeat. When asked about the Egypt star’s reaction, Klopp replied: “It’s completely normal, in the world of social media a lot of bad things happen and I don’t think this is one of them. That’s the normal description of Liverpool’s season, and Salah was right. But just an hour before this press conference, I saw Salah smiling and not in a bad mood.”
Klopp believes that the absence of the Champions League will not affect Liverpool’s transfer work, although he admits the negotiation process could take longer. He stressed Liverpool are ready with a long break and pre-season time to prepare for next season. “In an ideal world, we would sign new players tomorrow and they would immediately come to the club. I can inform them about the summer break and other things. But like now. Everything will be fine now,” Klopp said.
During his eight years in charge of Liverpool, Klopp won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the English Super Cup, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup. Europa League is the only title that the German coach is missing at Anfield. He helped Liverpool reach the final of the Europa League in 2016 but lost 1-3 to Sevilla in Basel, Switzerland.