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    Sunday, 27 December 2020

    Jurgen Klopp gives green light to Mo Salah exit

    Jurgen Klopp has set record straight on Mohamed Salah's future believing the Egyptian is free to leave as club don't force players to stay


    Salah gave an interview to Spanish publication AS last week answering questions about joining Real Madrid or Barcelona in the future.

    "I think Madrid and Barcelona are top clubs," he said.

    "We never know what is going to happen in the future, but right now I'm focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League again with my club."

    Salah also expressed disappointment with not being given the captain's armband for the recent Champions League draw with Midtjylland.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold, instead, saw his dream come true by skippering his boyhood club in Europe and Klopp has moved to clarify the situation, saying it was a mistake on his part to give the honour to the right-back.

    But Klopp still not mentioning Mohamed Salah as the proper candidate insisted the duty should have went to Divock Origi.

    On Mohamed Salah's future Klopp said: "I don't know, we all want it and we can look for something else if you want but the only reason to leave Liverpool right now is really the weather.


    "What other reason could be there? This is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

    "We pay good money, maybe not the most in the world, but we pay good, and we have a sensational stadium, outstanding supporters with a fanbase all over the world.

    "So our colours are red, which is the nicest colour anyway, so what is the reason? But you cannot force people to stay but that is it.

    "We never did by the way, it is all about timing in the right moments, stuff like this. We have made changes to bring players in and if someone wants to leave we cannot hold them back.

    "I just don't understand why someone would want to go. And when Mo answered the question, it was that these clubs might be interested, but he didn't rule out that. Imagine.

    "OK, I am different because you ask me a lot about it and these things about contracts and stuff like this.

    "But ask any player in the world who is not playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid and then ask them 'can you imagine playing for them one day?' and [imagine] he would say 'No, not for me, Spanish. They are the big ones in Spain'.

    "Why should he say that? The only thing he said is 'we will see'.

    "And about Liverpool, [a new contract] is in the club's hands and stuff like this. It is true 100 per cent.

    "It is about talks and having talks about a future and these kind of things, so it's really all fine.

    "You obviously have not a lot to talk about and that is why we make a long story from one interview.

    "That is completely fine but it does not make it more important for me. Mo is a very important player for me, obviously. But this story isn't."

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