Klopp plays down title chances as Liverpool close on Manchester City
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Liverpool fears could soon be realised after the club’s latest contract meeting with Mohamed Salah was described as ‘negative’. The Reds may be forced into a big decision on the Egyptian, with the fear of losing their prized asset for free in 2023 hanging over their heads.
Salah started on the bench against Arsenal on Wednesday night, and although he emerged during the second half, his goal-scoring pedigree was not needed as Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmimo fired the Reds to a crucial victory.
While their Premier League title prospects are looking up, the lack of movement on their flying winger’s contract situation continues to make fans sweat. While Klopp has put on a brave face when quizzed on the matter in public, transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has given fans cause for concern with his own assessment.
“This Mo Salah situation is really serious,” he told Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE, “Let me say that Jurgen Klopp, who is fantastic with communication, is trying to calm it down.
“The last meeting was in the US in December, it was a negative meeting. Liverpool are not offering what Mo Salah wants. The last conversation was in December, they are not negotiating now. Nothing is going on. Mo Salah said no.
“From what I’m told, he really loves Liverpool. He’s happy with the club, with the city, with the manager, with the team-mates. He wants to be a Liverpool player in the future, but not in the current financial conditions.
“I’m not sure if Salah is leaving this summer, it could be next summer on a free. Mo is not desperate to go, but at this point he wants an important contract.
“Liverpool don’t want to change their wage structure. They want to make him the best-paid player in the team, but not with a crazy salary.
“If you look at other clubs, some have crazy salaries and they are normal players. Mo is always delivering and he wants the final top contract of his career. He thinks he deserves it, and the situation is really serious, I’m not sure whether he will extend his contract.”
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