News ID: 278661
Published: 0251 GMT December 26, 2020

Liverpool won't force Salah to stay, says Klopp

Liverpool won't force Salah to stay, says Klopp

Jurgen Klopp said he could not understand why any player would want to leave Liverpool – but he can’t force anyone to stay if they do want to depart the club.

Mohamed Salah has been at the center of transfer speculation with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all linked, reported.

Indeed, the 28-year-old left the door open to a future move to Spain, while also expressing his disappointment at not being made Liverpool captain for the Champions League dead-rubber with Midtjylland.

the Reds are certain to offer Salah a new contract at some point, with his current deal running until 2023, and the Egypt forward has said he is fully focused on his goal of breaking records at Anfield.

Speculation is sure to persist with the January transfer window just around the corner but Klopp – who also addressed Salah's captaincy concerns – believes the former Roma star has everything he needs on Merseyside.

“We could all look for something else if we wanted to, but for me the only reason to leave Liverpool at the moment is the weather!” Klopp smiled.

“What other reason could there be? This is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We pay the money, maybe not the most in the world but we pay good, we have a sensational stadium with outstanding supporters all over the world. Our colors are red which is the nicest color anyway, so where are the reasons?

“You cannot force people to stay. We never did, by the way. It’s all about timing, the right moment. We make changes and bring players in, and if a player wanted to go then we wouldn’t stand in the way. It’s just I don’t understand why they would want to.”

Liverpool has looked in ominous form in the Premier League of late, and is the favorite to lift back-to-back titles despite a number of injuries to key players.

Salah was rested for Liverpool’s last game against Crystal Palace, but came off the bench to score twice and register an assist in their 7-0 win.




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