Jurgen Klopp has admitted both he and Mohamed Salah are ‘fine’ about the Egyptian forward's contract negotiations after the attacker hit out at the Liverpool board for a lack of progress.
Over the weekend, Premier League top goalscorer Salah reiterated his desire to stay at Anfield but hit out at the Liverpool 'management' for failing to find an agreement with him and his representatives so far.
Ahead of Liverpool's trip to face AC Milan in their UEFA Champions League group stage clash this week, Klopp fielded more questions about the future of his star striker is still complicated and will take time.
“We are talking,” said Klopp. “Extending a contract of a player like Mo, it's not like a cup of tea in the afternoon and you find an agreement.
“That's completely normal. Mo speaks about it when he gets asked about it. I can say a few things because the rest is not for the public.
“I don't know if the interview is English and got translated. That is an issue. Mo is fine, I am fine. I think what we all want is clear and things like this need time. That's it.”
Salah is entering the final 18 months of his deal and Xavi, Barcelona's new head coach, has said he would love to take the man who is threatening to run away with the Golden Boot this season to the Nou Camp one day.
Moving away from the Premier League is not in Salah's immediate thoughts but he wants an agreement to be found with Liverpool to extend his spell at Anfield. Liverpool recognise they will need to pay him the biggest contract in their history to reflect his status in the game.
Klopp said last Friday there had be no update on talks over a new deal for Salah and the Egyptian confirmed that in an interview with a TV station in his home country over the weekend.
“The decision is in the hands of the management and they have to solve this issue,' said Salah. 'There is no problem but we have to reach an agreement for the contract. It's up to them.
“Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and that they are ready to do anything for you to stay, but the decision itself is not based on those financial matters only.
Salah added: “I read what was said about Xavi's interest to sign me. This is something that makes me happy that a team like Barcelona is interested in me, but I'm happy in Liverpool and we will see what happens in the future.
“At the moment, I prefer to stay in the Premier League as it's the strongest league in the world.”
- Daily Mail