‘We are going to stay in contact forever’: Liverpool's Mo Salah pays tribute to departed Klopp

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 18 May 2024

Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah paid tribute to departed coach Jurgen Klopp, affirming they will remain in contact despite their recent touchline altercation.

Mohamed Salah
File Photo: Liverpools Mohamed Salah and former Liverpool coach Klopp . AFP

 

The 56-year-old Klopp, leaving Anfield on Sunday as a revered figure, not only restored Liverpool's prominence in English and European football but also forged an enduring bond with the city and its people.

As a farewell gesture, Liverpool players collaborated on a heartfelt video with Sky Sports, bidding farewell to their coach and sharing the poignant moments they experienced under the guidance of the German tactician.

Salah, who had a recent touchline spat with Klopp during the 2-2 draw against West Ham in late April, while preparing to come on as a substitute, expressed his sentiments in the emotional farewell video.

"I believe we will maintain communication indefinitely, for life. Our connection extends beyond work, as we also share a personal relationship, and we will stay in contact forever," Salah revealed.

Klopp brought Salah to Anfield from Roma for approximately £36m in the summer of 2017.

Since then, the Egyptian winger has ascended to the ranks of Merseyside's greatest goal scorers, with his tally of 211 goals placing him fifth on the all-time list, behind Billy Liddell, Gordon Hodgson, Roger Hunt, and Ian Rush.

"When we initially spoke on the phone, what struck me was his explanation of wanting me to join Liverpool," Salah reminisced.

"He conveyed his vision of building a new team at the club, alongside Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino, and he wanted me to be part of it," the Egyptian player added.

"He assured me that he would enhance my football and grant me the freedom to express myself. That conversation convinced me to come, and the rest, as they say, is history," Salah reflected.

Under Klopp's stewardship, Salah garnered numerous individual accolades, including being named the English Premier League's top scorer on three occasions, England's Player of the Season in 2018, and the recipient of the FIFA Puskas Award in the same year.

"Having spent seven or eight years together, there are countless moments to choose from, but winning the Premier League in that particular match, when Chelsea defeated Man City, and also clinching the Champions League, are memories that are deeply etched in my mind due to the overwhelming emotions involved," the Egyptian star shared.

"As a human being, I always consider this situation. Klopp undeniably improved me as a player, and I undoubtedly assisted him as a manager. We supported each other wholeheartedly and dedicated ourselves to winning trophies for the club, as everyone can attest," Salah explained.

"But what I take away from this, on a personal level, is that I know I can approach him for support and guidance in times of trouble," the Egyptian star added.

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