Liverpool: Klopp responds to Salah transfer comments
Mohamed Salah has hit back at claims he is ‘unhappy’ at Liverpool by posting a smiling selfie on social media. The player’s future has been subject to speculation following claims that he may leave Anfield in the near future.
Taking to Twitter and Instagram, the Egyptian posted a picture of himself smiling down the lens of his camera, a pointed response to the claims about his current state of mind at the club.
Salah decided against posting a caption with the photo but given the timing of the post, the link is clear.
Discussion over the player’s future intensified over the weekend following an interview he did with Spanish publication AS, hinting at a possible move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Liverpool’s goal-scoring sensation refused to rule out a move to either of La Liga’s top two clubs and seemed non-committal about his future with the reigning Premier League champions.
“I think Madrid and Barcelona are top clubs,” he said “We never know what is going to happen in the future.
“Right now I’m focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League again with my club.
“Everything is in the club’s hands. Of course I want to break records here and, I repeat, every record in the club, but everything’s in the hands of the club.”
Salah also expressed ‘disappointment’ at being overlooked for the captaincy in Liverpool’s Champions League draw with FC Midtjylland earlier this month.
In the absence of regular club captain Jordan Henderson and vice-captain James Milner, Jurgen Klopp opted to give the armband to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“Honestly, I was very disappointed,” admitted Salah.
“I was expecting to be the captain. But it’s a manager’s decision, so I accept it.”
Asked about the interview, Klopp refused to be drawn into discussing his striker’s comments.
“I have nothing to say,” said the Liverpool boss. “All fine from my side.”
Things took another twist following comments attributed to Salah’s friend and former Egypt striker Mohamed Aboutrika.
“I called Salah about his situation in Liverpool and he is upset,” Aboutrika told beIN Sports.
“Salah is not happy in Liverpool. One of the things that made Salah angry was that he was not the captain against Midtjylland.
“In my opinion, Liverpool are considering selling Salah for economic purposes.”
Salah was left out of Liverpool’s starting lineup for the trip to Crystal Palace as Klopp chose to rest his star man ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.
After being introduced as a substitute, the forward scored twice in an emphatic 7-0 win.
Salah’s brace at Selhurst Park took him to 16 for the season in all competitions, and 110 in total for Liverpool since joining from Roma in 2017.
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