Liverpool’s Klopp confirms Salah not for sale amid big-spending Saudi League interest

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 25 Aug 2023

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has firmly dismissed reports linking Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah with a move to Saudi League side Al-Ittihad, stating there is no possibility of a transfer.

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Liverpool s Mohamed Salah, left, celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield, in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. AP

 

The reports suggested that Al-Ittihad was interested in acquiring Salah's services and offering him a record-breaking salary, potentially making him the highest-paid player in the world.

“It’s a bit different to talk about media stories, nothing to talk about from our point of view, Mo Salah is a Liverpool player,” Klopp addressed the speculation during a press conference on Friday ahead of the game against Newcastle in the English Premier League.

“There’s nothing there, if there would be something, the answer would be no,” the Liverpool boss stated.

“My life philosophy, or one part, is to think about the problem when I have it, it’s enough time then, but there is absolutely nothing at the moment,” he added.

Clubs in Saudi Arabia have been splashing the cash this summer, including signing top-profile players such as Liverpool’s midfield veteran Roberto Firmino.

The Saudi Pro League has recently witnessed the arrival of notable players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane to Al-Nasr; Karim Benzema to Ittihad Jeddah; and Ruben Neves to Al-Hilal.

Since joining Liverpool in 2017, the two-time African Player of the Year has been instrumental in the club's lineup, making 307 appearances in total, including 220 games in the English Premier League.

The Egyptian international winger, who celebrated his 31st birthday last month, played a crucial role in Liverpool's triumphs, helping the team secure the UEFA Champions League title in the 2018/19 season, the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup.

Salah has also received numerous individual awards while playing for Liverpool, including the FIFA Puskás Award in 2018, the Footballer of the Year Award in 2018 and 2022, and the English Premier League top scorer award from 2018 to 2022.

Liverpool, who finished fifth in the English Premier League last season, are scheduled to face Newcastle United on Sunday on the third matchday of the new season.

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