Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said he is not worried about Mohamed Salah’s future at the club, amid reports linking the striker to a move to Barcelona.
Salah’s current contract at Anfield expires in June 2023 and he has previously said he wants to extend his stay at Liverpool but has claimed his future is “not in my hands”.
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Speaking to an Egyptian radio station, Salah reiterated his desire to stay but claimed it was up to the management to resolve his contractual situation.
The 29-year-old, who was voted No. 4 among strikers in ESPN’s FC 100 for 2021, said he was also happy that Barcelona coach Xavi was interested in him.
Speaking about the situation in a press conference on Monday, Klopp said: “You know what it’s about. We’re talking.
“Extending a contract with a player like Mo is not something you do when you meet up for a cup of tea in the afternoon and come to an agreement, that is completely normal.
“There’s really nothing else to say. Mo talks about it when asked about it, I can only say a few things because the rest are clearly not for the audience but I’m not sure if he did the interview in English or translated [wrongly] We arrived in English and that’s a problem we’ve seen in the last few days again.
“Mo’s fine, I’m fine, I think what we all want is clear and things like this need time.”
Liverpool meet Milan at the San Siro on Tuesday in the Champions League group final and Klopp said he needed to switch teams.
Klopp also hinted that Divock Origi could start in Italy after his last-gasp victory over Wolverhampton on Saturday and praised the forward for his performances during his time at the club.
“We’ve worked together since I’ve been here pretty much, and it happens from time to time but it’s not about talking about things, it’s about letting things happen and that for the players is the same,” he added.
“If you’re not a starting player at Liverpool, you can still be a world-class player, it’s really possible.
“In specific moments, Divock was absolutely fantastic and everyone was so happy when he scored, not because of the goal but because he scored and it’s a beautiful story.”